SEATTLE -- After going hitless in his first 19 at-bats after a promotion last month from Triple-A Tucson, shortstop Everth Cabrera has become one tough out for the Padres.
Entering Thursday's game against the Mariners, Cabrera is hitting .359 (23-for-64) since collecting two hits in his last two at-bats in a game against the Cardinals on May 23.
So what's changed? Hitting coach Phil Plantier has noticed a few things.
"Most young players when they get here, even though he's been here before, they're trying a little too hard to do too much," Plantier said. "But after Everth got that first hit ... I think it allowed him to relax."
Cabrera has seven multi-hit games in this 19-game stretch since that game in St. Louis. Two of the multi-hit games have occurred in the first five games of this nine-game road trip.
"He's got a tremendous work ethic and his pitch selection has been better," Plantier said. "He's doing a good job of using the whole field. I see someone who is getting a better understanding of the strike zone."
Cabrera has stolen eight bases since May 23 and taken eight walks. Since rejoining the Padres, he has hit two home runs and has eight doubles.
That 0-for-19 stretch seems like an eternity ago, said Padres manager Bud Black.
"Even then, I don't think his at-bats were horrible," Black said. "He just didn't have anything to show for it."
Black pleased with Cashner's start at Double-A
SEATTLE -- On Thursday, Padres manager Bud Black and pitching coach Darren Balsley huddled around a telephone for an impromptu conference call of sorts with pitcher Andrew Cashner.
Cashner made his first start with Double-A San Antonio on Wednesday in a road game in Corpus Christi. Other than joking about the seven-hour bus ride Thursday from Corpus Christi to Midland, Cashner had positive things to say about his start.
"He was happy with his outing," Black said. "He felt great today. There was the normal soreness but he felt like he bounced back fine. He had no walks, which is a good thing."
Cashner allowed two runs on four hits in 3 1/3 innings with three strikeouts. He threw 52 pitches, 33 for strikes. His workload will increase when he starts again Monday.
"We're targeting 70 to 80 or so pitches," Black said.
The Padres optioned Cashner to San Antonio on Sunday for the purpose of converting him from a relief pitcher to a starter.
Handful of Minor Leaguers get All-Star nods
SEATTLE -- First baseman Nate Freiman and catcher Ali Solis of the San Antonio Missions have been selected to the Southern Division All-Star roster for the Texas League All-Star Game on July 28.
The Missions, the Padres' Double-A affiliate, also will have their coaching staff participate in the game, guiding the Southern All-Stars.
Infielder/outfielder Dean Anna has been selected as a reserve for the game.
Elsewhere, five members of the Class A Lake Elsinore Storm were named to the California League's midseason All-Star roster: pitchers Donn Roach, Kevin Quackenbush, infielder Cory Spangenberg as well as outfielders Rico Noel and Rymer Liriano.
The Storm also will be represented by coaches David Newhan and Bronswell Patrick and athletic trainer Will Sinon. Roach will start the game on June 19 against the Carolina League All-Stars.
Four members of the Fort Wayne TinCaps have been selected to the Midwest League All-Star team -- catcher Austin Hedges, shortstop Jace Peterson and pitchers Adys Portillo and Frank Garces.
Third baseman Chase Headley extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single on Wednesday. His 10-game streak ties him for the longest streak by a Padre this season. Yonder Alonso and Orlando Hudson -- who now plays for the White Sox -- also had 10-game hit streaks. In this streak, Headley is hitting .366 (15-for-41) with four doubles with a .435 on-base percentage.