Day 35: Cabrera or Parrino, who do you like?
Updated: 4:15 p.m.
PEORIA, Ariz. — Happy Saturday from Peoria. Getting ready for (another) split-squad day here, with one team headed to Mesa to face the Cubs with the other staying here to face the same Reds team they faced 16 hours ago.
Oh, quirky schedule, how I love you.
Anyway, I’m staying here in Peoria. All the game details are listed below.
As you’ve probably noticed, one of the few position battles in camp is the one for the backup infield job between Everth Cabrera and Andy Parrino. Both are playing today, both have played a lot recently, especially with second baseman Orlando Hudson down with a strained groin.
Entering play today, Parrino is second on the team with 43 at-bats (hitting .209). Cabrera has 35 at-bats and is hitting .286. I’m not entirely why I mention the offensive numbers because, really, that won’t be the main focus the Padres look at when they decide who makes the 25-man roster for Opening Day.
Remember, you’re not expecting your backup infielder to win games. You just don’t want him to lose them. The Padres will need to rest Jason Bartlett at shortstop on occasion, so Cabrera might have the advantage there. But Parrino has done some very nice things defensively in camp, including this gem from Friday’s game against the Reds.
Manager Bud Black likes what he’s seeing from both players.
“They’re showing a lot of good things,” Black said.
* Reds (9-12-1) at Padres (13-9), Peoria Sports Complex, 1:05 p.m.
Radio/TV: XX 1090 for radio (Ted Leitner, Bob Scanlan).
The lineup: Maybin 8, Kotsay 7, Headley 5, Guzman 3, Hundley 2, Denorfia 9, Bartlett 6, Cabrera 4, Richard 1.
* Padres (13-9) at Cubs (10-12), HoHoKam Park, 1:05 p.m.
Radio/TV: WGN TV.