Hobbled Cabrera fights through pain

Hobbled Cabrera fights through pain

MIAMI -- It didn't take long for Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera to return to the starting lineup. He was hit on the left knee by a pitch on Saturday but was still able to pinch-run in Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Reds.

He worked his way back into the starting lineup for Monday's series opener against the Marlins despite admittedly being less than full speed.

"I'm about 60 or 70 percent," Cabrera said after taking batting practice on Monday. "But even when you're just half good, you can still play and have a chance to help the team. After a while, there's probably not that many days where you're going to be 100 percent anyway."

Cabrera figured that once his adrenaline rises in the heat of the game, he'll be just fine.

Manager Bud Black left Cabrera out of the starting lineup on Sunday, in part as a precaution, but he eventually found Cabrera lobbying to get in the game.

"He wants to play," Black said. "He loves to play."