"After talking with Cabby before the game yesterday and last night, we felt that this was going to be at least seven to 10 days, on the short side," Black said. "And legs being a big part of Cabby's game, we felt as though we better make the move here and not play [a man] short."
The Padres purchased the contract of journeyman infielder and San Diego native Brooks Conrad in a corresponding roster move. With Triple-A El Paso this year, Conrad has a slash line of .275/.347/.526 with 18 homers, tied for second most in the Pacific Coast League.
"He's got some thump in his bat, as evident by what he's done in Triple-A so far," Black said. "So he gives us a little bit of bat on the bench when he's not playing, [as a] switch-hitter."
Conrad signed a Minor League deal with San Diego in January after spending 2013 in Japan. He debuted in the Majors with Oakland in 2008, then spent three years in the Braves organization.
Conrad arrived just before the Padres' 3-0 win in the series finale against the Reds. He didn't appear in the game, but he was certainly glad to be back in the big leagues -- and to be back home.
"It's really good to be home," said Conrad, who attended Monte Vista High School in nearby Spring Valley. "This is a dream come true. I grew up watching the Padres my whole life. This has been a special day."
Black is looking forward to seeing what Conrad can bring to the Padres.
"He's sort of an old-school player, there's a toughness to him," Black said. "It gives Brooks an opportunity to come to the Majors and hopefully give us a lift with his bat."
While Cabrera is out, Alexi Amarista will get the majority of playing time at shortstop, with Irving Falu also getting a start now and then.
To make room for Conrad on the 40-man roster, lefty reliever Troy Patton was moved to the 60-day DL. After meeting with Dr. James Andrews this week, Patton was merely prescribed rest and rehab to alleviate his shoulder soreness.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. Will Laws is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.