Yesterday was a busy one for Everth Cabrera. Not only did the Padres call him up to take over for the injured Jason Bartlett as their starting shortstop, a judge in Arizona set a June 11 trial date for his assault charge stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident during spring training.
According to the police report Cabrera is accused of “assaulting his wife by hitting her in the face with a closed fist and slamming her head against the wall.”
There was some speculation last week that the Padres had avoided recalling Cabrera from the minors despite his strong performance at Triple-A because of the arrest, but yesterday they overhauled the middle infield by putting Bartlett on the disabled list and releasing second baseman Orlando Hudson.
San Diego has June 11 off, so if Cabrera is still in the majors by then he may not even have to miss a game.
Brent Schrotenboer of the San Diego Union Tribunereports that Cabrera has rejected a plea bargain offer from prosecutors and “faces a maximum possible sentence of six months in jail, three years of probation, and a $2,500 fine.”
It’s always a bit deceiving to see offseason workout photos of players who are said to be getting into great shape because guys in those pics are wearing compression shirts and crap and we’re used to seeing them in baseball uniforms. I remember pics of Miguel Cabrera and David Ortiz in the offseason looking svelte, only to see them in uniform come spring as their familiar beefy selves. Uniforms are often loose and billowy and the players wear a couple of layers when they’re suited up, so at least visually speaking it’s better to compare apples to apples.