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Domestic violence charge affecting callup of Padres' prospect

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A domestic violence charge during spring training reportedly has kept the San Diego Padres from calling up top infield prospect Everth Cabrera.

The shortstop was arrested in March, the team confirmed to UT-San Diego late Thursday night. He has a pre-trial hearing for May 17.

Cabrera is hitting .325 this season with 14 stolen bases for Class AAA Tucson.

If not for the charges, he might already have been called up to replace Jason Bartlett, who is hitting .135 in 26 games with five errors. Overall, the Padres' shortstops are hitting .130 with nine errors in 32 games.

"We're looking at our options to see where we can improve our roster," general manager Josh Byrnes said. "As it pertains to Everth, we want to be aware of his legal issues. We just have to be aware of it and we'll act accordingly."

Both Cabrera and his wife, Connie Cabrera, were arrested March 16 after a domestic violence incident at their Glendale, Ariz., home, according to police reports. Connie was charged with assault and criminal damage.

Everth's promotion would be affected by court dates in Glendale and, if convicted, any sentence he may face in that city.
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