SAN DIEGO -- A day after All-Star shortstop Everth Cabrera was suspended for the rest of the season for violating baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, the Padres recalled shortstop Ronny Cedeno from Class A Lake Elsinore to take his spot on the roster.
The move was made to give the team a player with experience at the position.
Cedeno has provided good defense and much more in his first 22 games with the Padres. He entered Saturday's game against the Rockies hitting .300 in his first 70 at-bats with the team after signing a Minor League deal with the organization on Aug. 3. He also has two home runs.
"We've seen a little bit of that bat in the past with other Major League clubs," said manager Bud Black. "With less than 100 at-bats, I don't want to get overly excited about what we've seen. But watching him in batting practice, watching him in games, he's shown a little more raw power than I thought."
Cedeno was released by the Astros on July 27 after hitting .220.
"There's some strength to his body and strength to his swing. I don't want to say it's surprising. [Hitting coach Phil Plantier] is encouraged by some of the things they've worked on," Black said.
The 30-year-old Cedeno, now with his sixth organization, has held up his end defensively, too.
"Defensively, he's been fine. … We've seen the good hands and the good arm," said Black. "He has made some nice plays. He's done a nice job."
Procedure reveals more serious injury for Maybin
SAN DIEGO -- Outfielder Cameron Maybin underwent surgery on his right wrist on Friday, and the procedure revealed that he had an injury to his triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC), which could increase his rehabilitation period to as long as 12 weeks.
This likely won't affect Maybin as he prepares for Spring Training, although it could throw a wrench in his plans to get some at-bats this offseason playing winter ball somewhere.
"He'll do nothing for the next eight weeks," said manager Bud Black. "So if he's doing baseball activities [after that], there's still a shot at winter ball."
Maybin was emphatic earlier in the week that he wants to get some at-bats before the team reports to Arizona for the start of Spring Training in mid-February.
"I really want to get some at-bats," Maybin said, "but there's no benefit to beating myself up over it. It wasn't like my body was breaking down. Things happen you can't control."
The TFCC ligament is located on the side of the wrist below the small finger and can cause chronic pain, something Maybin has had the last two seasons.
"It explains the pain and soreness he was feeling off and on the last couple of years," Black said.
Venable sets Petco record with 15th homer
SAN DIEGO -- Outfielder Will Venable was surprised to hear about the record he set on Friday when he hit his 15th home run of the season at Petco Park.
In 2008, former Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez hit 14 homers at Petco, which opened in 2004.
"I hadn't given it much thought until now. I didn't know that was a record," Venable said. "I don't know if that's a lot or not. For me, I know it's a lot."
Venable has hit a career-high 21 home runs this season. His previous high was 13, set in 2010.
His record-setting homer, which started Friday's game, was the eighth leadoff home run of his career and his first since June 10 of last season. The eight leadoff homers are a franchise record, as he surpassed the seven that Quilvio Veras hit from 1997 to 2000.
Venable doesn't doubt that he's been helped to some degree by the fence modifications made to the ballpark before this season. Still, as he said, it's always been a tough place to elevate a ball.
"My first at-bat here, I crushed a ball that I was sure was a home run," he said. "It hit the base of the wall. Even though I had heard about how tough it was for hitters, I had to see it."