Cabrera 'closer,' could return by weekend

Padres shortstop out since Aug. 12 with left hamstring strain

Cabrera 'closer,' could return by weekend

LOS ANGELES -- Shortstop Everth Cabrera could return to the Padres for their next series in Arizona, manager Bud Black said Monday.

Cabrera, who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 12 with a left hamstring strain, was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana, according to the California Highway Patrol.

"He's closer. I don't know how to quantify that," Black said. "I think there's a good chance -- we're hoping to see him in Arizona."

The Padres, currently in Los Angeles for a three-game set with the Dodgers, will begin a series with the D-backs on Friday. Black said Monday he hadn't yet spoken with Cabrera regarding the incident.

Cabrera has missed 25 games with the hamstring strain and missed 21 games in July with the same injury. He's hitting .232 on the season with a .272 on-base percentage in 90 games.

Cabrera was suspended for the final 50 games of the 2013 season for his relationship to Biogenesis. In 2012, he was charged with domestic violence in Arizona; the charges were later dropped.

Michael Lananna is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.