The San Diego Padres made a series of significant roster moves on Thursday, starting with the release of veteran second baseman Orlando Hudson, a two-time All-Star.
The Padres also called up Everth Cabrera and Alexi Amarista from their Triple-A Tucson club and placed shortstop Jason Bartlett on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right knee.
Cabrera was scheduled to start at short Thursday night against the Dodgers and hit seventh. Amarista was slotted to play second base and bat eighth.
"We felt it was time to make a change," Padres General Manager Josh Byrnes told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "Hudson has been a two-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove winner and a contributor to playoff teams, but at this point, we want to give our younger players an opportunity."
The release of Hudson, 34, will cost the Padres about $6.25 million. That is the amount owed him as part of his 2012 contract, plus a buyout of his 2013 contract.
The Padres tried to trade Hudson in the offseason but were unable to find any interested parties.
Hudson was hitting .211 in 35 games this season with one home run and a .260 on-base percentage.
The Union-Tribune reported that he does not have as much range in the field as he used to, and that he was not particularly popular in the clubhouse.
Hudson hit .246 last season.
Bartlett, 32, was hitting .133 this season with 27 strikeouts in 83 at-bats.
Cabrera, 25, was hitting .333 for Tucson, and was 15-for-15 in stolen base attempts. Amarista was hitting .278 this season.