San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera was one of five new names that were reportedly listed on records at the Biogenesis of America clinic in Miami, Florida. However, the Padres believe Cabrera’s name will remain clean and be cleared from Major League Baseball’s investigation.
Cabrera led the National League with 44 stolen bases last season and is a rising star in the Padres organization. He batted .246 with two home runs, 43 runs batted in, 19 doubles and three triples in 398 plate appearances in 2012. His numbers from last year have stayed very consistent with his statistics over the past three seasons, which means performance enhancing drugs are unlikely. Not to mention, several reports indicate that just because the player’s names were on the list as having received PEDs does not necessarily mean they actually took them.
The 26-year-old said he “was a little bit surprised” when asked about whether the allegations against him were true.
“I’m going to cooperate with Major League Baseball, and I can’t say anything,” Cabrera said.
The four-year player has already met with several San Diego team officials, including general manager Josh Byrnes and manager Bud Black. Both men were obviously disappointed when they heard the news, but after talking with Cabrera, they believe he is innocent of whatever MLB believes he has done.
“I can’t comment specifically on Cabby, but we’re satisfied from what we’ve heard,” Black said. “This will resolve itself, I think, in a positive way.
“It’s something that for a moment might be a distraction, a disappointment that some of our guys might be mentioned in the press. But in the long term as it relates here, I think things will be OK.”
Cabrera is projected to be the Padres starting shortstop and leadoff hitter in 2013, but obviously, that could all change depending on what results from the investigation. It would certainly be devastating if something were to happen in which he will not be able to play for a part of the season considering San Diego is counting on his speed at the top of the order.
It is difficult to say who is innocent and who is guilty in this situation because so many names are coming out of the woodwork. For example, Washington Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez was originally listed, but his name is now cleared because he passed a drug test.