PHILADELPHIA -- Rookie shortstop Everth Cabrera has done enough good things in the field and at the plate to merit more periodic playing time, even as Luis Rodriguez is off to a strong start for the Padres.
Manager Bud Black said before Friday's game against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park that the team will continue its pattern of giving the 22-year-old starts even though Rodriguez is hitting .294 with a .464 on-base percentage.
"Right now, it makes sense on this [pattern] usage," Black said. "He has handled himself very well, especially on the defensive side."
Cabrera got his third start of the season Thursday at Citi Field against the Mets and had a hit and played good defense, making a nice play on a slow roller hit by Daniel Murphy in the ninth inning and making a strong return throw to get Jose Reyes on a double-play ball.
Cabrera, a Rule 5 Draft addition from the Rockies, is hitting .200 (2-for-10), but has 10 assists without an error and has been a part of four double plays. That's a far cry from the spring, when he made eight errors, though most came early in Spring Training.
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