SAN FRANCISCO -- Newcomer Pedro Ciriaco got his first start with the Padres on Monday when he was filled in at shortstop for an injured Everth Cabrera, who is out with a mild left hamstring strain.
The Padres traded for Ciriaco on Friday, adding him to the roster after second baseman Jedd Gyorko went on the disabled list with a right groin strain.
As it turns out, it's a good thing they added him to the roster, as Cabrera suffered his injury during Sunday's victory over the D-backs.
"The timing did work out on this one," said Padres manager Bud Black. "... He came across the [waiver] wire as a guy we could make a run at for some infield depth. As it turned out, we might need him more than we think in the short term."
Ciriaco has the most experience at shortstop as the other candidates to play the position on the roster, Alexi Amarista and Logan Forsythe. He's played 29 games at the Major League level at the position and has a strong enough arm and good enough footwork to handle the rigors of a premium position.
"We'll move him, Logan and Alexi around the diamond until Cabby or Jedd's return," Black said.
Gyorko is in San Francisco with the team and will take batting practice and ground balls before each of the three games here. He's eligible to come off the disabled list on June 25.
Padres hope hot-hitting Cabrera returns soon
SAN FRANCISCO -- Shortstop Everth Cabrera, who left Sunday's victory over the D-backs with a sore left hamstring, could miss this three-game series against the Giants at AT&T Park.
Cabrera has what manager Bud Black termed a mild left hamstring strain and Black said the Padres will allow him to rest and rehabilitate the injury before deciding if a disabled-list stint is necessary.
"We're going to keep an eye on him for a few days," said Black. "We didn't want to be too quick to pull the trigger on the disabled list just yet."
Cabrera suffered the injury trying to steal second base in the eighth inning Sunday. Newcomer Pedro Ciriaco got the start Monday against the Giants.
Cabrera leads the team in runs (37) and hits (84), is tied for the Major League lead in stolen bases (31) and has a .305 average and a .382 on-base percentage while playing a demanding position.
"It's better to miss two or three games here and come back as quick as I can," Cabrera said. "... I feel all right. I feel I can play but don't want to play at 50 percent. They said we will give it a couple of days and see how I feel."
Cabrera received treatment before Monday's game and will continue to do so. The last thing he wants -- and the Padres, for that matter -- is for him to rush back at the risk of causing more damage.
"We're playing good right now. How I feel now, I don't want to miss any time. I don't want to be on the DL," he said.
The Padres currently have three position players who were in their Opening Day lineup on the disabled list -- second baseman Jedd Gyorko, center fielder Cameron Maybin and first baseman Yonder Alonso.
The Padres have been able to absorb the injuries because of quality depth, but they don't have another player on the roster with the dynamic skill set that Cabrera has.
"He's arguably been our best player," Black said. "He's playing a premium position at a high level for us. For me, he was and he still is tracking toward [playing in] the All-Star Game."
Prospect Quackenbush moved to Triple-A
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Padres promoted one of their top relievers from Double-A San Antonio to Triple-A Tucson on Monday.
Right-hander Kevin Quackenbush, ranked by MLB.com as the Padres' No. 18 prospect, makes the jump to the Pacific Coast League after going 2-0 with a 0.29 ERA in 29 games for the Missions.
Quackenbush, 24, had 46 strikeouts in 31 innings with 13 saves. He allowed 16 hits and 10 walks and he yielded just one earned run in his time in the Texas League.
Quackenbush, who was picked in the eighth round of the 2011 Draft, has a 0.69 ERA in 116 games as a professional with 187 strikeouts in 130 2/3 innings.
Quackenbush throws a fastball in the low 90s with a lot of deception. He has a career rate of 12.9 strikeouts per nine innings and 5.7 hits per nine innings.
Padres in holding pattern with Quentin, Cabrera
SAN FRANCISCO -- There were few answers to be had Monday in regard to the health of shortstop Everth Cabrera and left fielder Carlos Quentin.
Cabrera has a mild left hamstring strain and Quentin missed his third game in as many days with a sore left shoulder, an injury that popped up on a swing Friday against the D-backs.
The news Monday on both was that they're still getting treatment and that a disabled-list stint is still a possibility.
"I'm still not in the lineup and we're still working through some stuff," Quentin said. "Hopefully, we'll know more information tomorrow."
Count manager Bud Black among those who would like clarity to the injuries to Cabrera and Quentin.
"I wish I could be a little more concrete with some answers," Black said. "They're still sore."
Quentin is hitting .261 with seven home runs and 22 RBIs in 157 at-bats this season, though he's been hitting better of late. Since May 24, he's hitting .373 and has a .463 on-base percentage.
"We're going to give him another day or two to let it quiet down and evaluate his status," Black said.
The Padres played with a thin bench Monday. The hope is they can get Cabrera and Quentin back into the lineup before too long. There's a chance the team could recall a position player to help fortify the roster before Tuesday's game.
"We didn't want to be too quick to pull the trigger on the disabled list just yet. In both cases, there is a possibility," Black said. "We didn't want to be too hasty with this. We wanted to give the medical staff and doctors a little time to do some work on these guys and see if it helps them turn the corner."