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Padres' Cabrera to spend time on DL

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San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday due to a mild left hamstring strain.

The Padres recalled outfielder Jaff Decker from Triple-A Tucson on Wednesday to take Cabrera's roster spot.

The injury occurred Sunday when Cabrera was attempting to steal second base in the eighth iinning.

"It's tough, but it's probably good," Cabrera said. "For me, at this point, it's probably better to lose 12, 13 games than any more. We'll shut it down so it gets better and I can get back to playing."

Cabrera is tied for the major-league lead in stolen bases with 31 and is batting .305. He also leads the team in runs (37) and hits (84).

While Cabrera is out, the Padres are likely to use Pedro Ciriaco and Alexi Amarista at shortstop and possibly Logan Forsythe, who is subbing at second base for injured Jedd Gyorko.

Cabrera joins a Padres injury list that includes Gyorko, first baseman Yonder Alonso and center fielder Cameron Maybin.

Decker is hitting .260 with five home runs and 20 RBIs in 63 games for Tucson. He was called up by the Padres earlier this month when Maybin was injured but saw no game action.

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