Legal issues cloud status of Padres' Cabrera

Legal issues cloud status of Padres' Cabrera

LOS ANGELES -- Manager Bud Black said Monday he thought shortstop Everth Cabrera could return to the team as soon as this weekend against Arizona. But on Wednesday, Black said that might not be the case after all.

Cabrera has missed 27 games with his second left hamstring strain of the season. He was also arrested on Sept. 3 on suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana, according to the California Highway Patrol.

"We were hopeful. I was hopeful, personally, just because he's a good player," Black said. "But let's just see how this whole process plays out -- even how his hamstring is. I still think there's some information gathering going on as we speak with MLB and CHP and doctors that I'm not privy to. And I think the organization is going to wait for this to all get settled and cleared."

Though Cabrera's status is up in the air, the Padres could soon be getting outfielder Abraham Almonte's bat back in the lineup.

Almonte hasn't played since Saturday after spraining his ankle going after a fly ball against the Rockies.

"He's going to take batting practice for the first time today in a while," Black said before Wednesday's game with the Dodgers. "He's going to run in the outfield, so I think he's getting closer and there's an outside chance tonight -- pinch-hit, and I don't think pinch-run."

Black said right-hander Joaquin Benoit (shoulder) played catch Wednesday and should throw off of a mound by the weekend, putting him in line to return next week. Black said right-hander Blaine Boyer, also dealing with sore shoulder, is four or five days behind Benoit.

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