Everth Cabrera diagnosed with left hamstring strain

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From Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune comes word that Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera has been diagnosed with a strained left hamstring and could be headed to the 15-day disabled list.

The Padres will wait a few days to see how he is recovering before they make a call on that move.

Cabrera missed 17 games in 2013 because of a similar injury. He’s off to a really poor start this season, batting just .218/.256/.290 in 343 plate appearances. The 27-year-old speedster has been caught on seven of his 20 stolen base attempts.

Alexi Amarista is starting at shortstop for the Friars on Tuesday night against the visiting Reds. Irving Falu is at second base.

Report: Mariners enter into a ballpark naming rights deal with T-Mobile

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Maury Brown of Forbes reports that T-Mobile will be the new naming rights partner for the Seattle Mariners’ ballpark beginning in 2019. Their park had been known as Safeco Field since it first opened in the summer of 1999. The 20-year naming rights deal with Safeco ended with the close of the 2018 season.

Brown reports that the deal will be around $3 million a year, which doesn’t seem like a whole lot. Then again, I have long been skeptical of how much naming rights actually bring back to the naming rights partner. That’s especially true when the partner is slapping its name on a ballpark that was known as something else beforehand. People tend to still use the old name and, I suspect, resent the new one a bit. Maybe that’s less the case when the park has only been known by corporate names, and no beloved traditional name is being displaced, but I still question if anyone really makes a single purchasing decision based on the name of a ballpark.

I know this much for sure, though: despite the relatively small cost of naming rights here, none of the most notable Seattle-based companies — which include Amazon, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Microsoft, Costco and Alaska Airlines — felt it was worth it. Possibly because they know people are gonna call the place “Safeco” for several years regardless.