O's face Padres minus suspended All-Star

O's face Padres minus suspended All-Star
August 6, 2013, 9:45 am
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San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera (2) steals second base on Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos (not pictured) during the fifth inning at Petco Park.

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In San Diego Tuesday night, the Orioles face one of the teams feeling a big impact from Major League Baseball’s penalties handed down on Monday for performance-enhancing drug use. The Padres’ All-Star shortstop, Everth Cabrera, was one of 12 players with a connection to the Biogenesis clinic hit with a 50-game suspension.

In addition to his stellar play in the field this year, Cabrera has batted .283 with a .355 on-base percentage, leads the National League with 37 steals and is the Padres leader in hits (108) and runs (54).

"He's been incredibly valuable for us," Padres catcher Nick Hundley said, as reported by mlb.com. "At the top of the lineup, he was playing a great shortstop, and he gives you quality at-bats every time. We're definitely going to miss him."

Speaking to the media Monday, Cabrera said he used a banned drug in spring training last year to help him recover from a shoulder injury, doing so on the advice of a consultant employed by his former agents.

"In 2012, when I made the decision to take this, my shoulder wasn't even at 50 percent, and I wanted to be healthy for the spring," Cabrera said via an interpreter. "My heart and my conscience were killing me. I knew it wasn't the best decision to make."