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MLB: Domestic violence charge delays Padres plans to call up 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.

--Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz said he is fine after getting into a minor auto accident on his way to Fenway Park on Friday.

"I lost a little control coming out of the gas station and I hit a car, but I'm fine," Ortiz told WBZ-TV in Boston. "Everybody is fine."

Boston police did not provide details but were investigating an accident in the area, according to ESPN Boston.

The Red Sox are hosting the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.

--Washington Nationals infielder Mark DeRosa reportedly has aggravated his strained left oblique muscle during a dugout celebration.

DeRosa, who is on the 15-day disabled list, reinjured himself giving a high-five to Bryce Harper on Sunday after the rookie stole home against the Philadelphia Phillies, according to the Washington Post.

"I don't know if that set back the rehab or not," manager Davey Johnson said. "But I said, 'Why didn't use your (right) hand?' He said it was spur of the moment."

DeRosa, 37, was hitting .081 in 13 games this season with two RBI.

--The Los Angeles Dodgers placed infielder/outfielder Jerry Hairston Jr. on the 15-day Disabled list and recalled infielder Justin Sellers from Class AAA Albuquerque, the team announced on Friday.

Hairston has a left hamstring injury. The move is backdated to May 7. He is hitting .315 in 19 games.

Sellers went 2-for-7 for the Isotopes. He hit .150 in 10 games for the Dodgers before being sent down a week ago to make room for outfielder Bobby Abreu, who was picked up off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels.

--New York Mets shortstop Ronny Cedeno was activated from the 15-day disabled list Friday.

Cedeno, who has been on the disabled list since April 21 because of a left intercostal strain, will was in Friday's starting lineup at Miami, according to ESPNNY.com.

He had batted .250 with 1 RBI in 10 games before the injury. The team had yet to announced a corresponding roster move.

--The San Diego Padres have placed right-handed starter Joe Weiland on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right elbow, the team announced Friday.

Weiland's roster spot was taken by infielder-outfielder James Darnell, who was called up from Class AAA Tucson.

In five starts, Weiland, 22, has a 0-4 record with a 4.55 ERA. He made his major-league debut last month.

Darnell, 25, has been hitting .267 with seven home runs and 21 RBI in 31 games with the Tucson Padres. He played 18 games with the major-league Padres last season, hitting .222 with one homer and seven RBI.

--The Oakland A's recalled right-handed pitcher Andrew Carignan and outfielder Collin Cowgill from Class AAA Sacramento and optioned right-handed pitcher Jim Miller and outfielder Michael Taylor to Sacramento, the club announced on Friday.

Carignan was on the A's Opening Day roster and posted a 6.23 ERA in five relief appearances before he was optioned to Sacramento on April 17. He appeared in seven games with the River Cats with a 1.64 ERA and .158 opponents' batting average.

Cowgill also started the season with the A's but was sent down to Sacramento on April 17 after going 0 for 4 with three walks in three games. He batted .282 with two home runs and 16 RBI in 19 games with the River Cats.

Miller was 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA in six relief appearances with Oakland. Taylor went 3 for 16 (.188) in four games with the A's since being recalled from Sacramento on May 4.
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