WASHINGTON -- Padres manager Bud Black was asked before Friday's game against the Nationals if he could remember the last time closer Huston Street pitched.
He couldn't, which meant only one thing.
"He needs to pitch," Black said.
Street finally did pitch on Friday in Washington, tossing a 1-2-3 eighth inning in the Padres' 8-5 loss.
Street hadn't pitched since June 26, meaning he hadn't appeared in a game in eight days while missing each of the first seven games on this 10-game road trip.
So what's Street been doing? For one, working in the bullpen with pitching coach Darren Balsley and bullpen coach Willie Blair on a few mechanical things.
"He's feeling better about his slider," Black said. "[Specifically] the spin on his slider and also where his elbow is. There's been a little variance there, he's been under the ball."
Street is 0-4 with a 4.45 ERA and 15 saves in 29 games this season and has allowed 10 home runs in just 28 1/3 innings.
As for not pitching in a long stretch of games, Street didn't seem too concerned.
"It's going to be like that sometimes," he said. "Sometimes, it's going to be feast or famine."
Black said Street was going to pitch in Thursday's 8-2 loss to the Red Sox, though knowing that shortstop Everth Cabrera was returning -- and a pitcher would be optioned -- the team decided to use rookie Burch Smith, who threw 2 1/3 innings. Smith was optioned to Triple-A Tucson on Friday.
Padres activate Cabrera from DL, option Smith
WASHINGTON -- As you might expect, Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera was elated to rejoin his team on Friday, as he was reinstated from the disabled list after missing 17 games with a strained left hamstring.
He was happy for himself, for obvious reasons. But Cabrera was also happy he could do his part to help the Padres, who entered Friday's game against the Nationals on a season-high six-game losing streak.
"I know my team needs me here," Cabrera said.
Cabrera was back in his familiar leadoff spot for the first of three games against the Nationals on Friday. However, his rust showed, as he went 0-for-5 and the Padres lost their seventh straight game, 8-5.
The Padres were 5-12 without Cabrera, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list June 19, retroactive to June 17.
"It's good to have him back. I spoke with him [earlier] today and he's excited to be here," manager Bud Black said. "We hope that he can pick up where he left off. He's a dynamic player who has come into his own … both offensively and defensively."
At the time of his injury, Cabrera was hitting .305 with a .382 on-base percentage and 31 steals, which still leads the National League. He entered Friday's game with the highest WAR (3.6) among shortstops in the NL.
Cabrera went 0-for-7 with five strikeouts in two Minor League rehabilitation games with Class A Fort Wayne of the Midwest League.
The Padres aren't just happy about getting Cabrera's bat back in the lineup, though they need a spark after scoring seven runs in the six games during his losing skid. They want his speed and defense, too.
"He's been good and, for him, I think it solidifies that he's capable of doing that. It's only a third of the season, but it's there. He's been focused and has kept the careless mistakes to a minimum," said third-base coach Glenn Hoffman, who works with the team's infielders.
The Padres have used Pedro Ciriaco almost exclusively since Cabrera went on the disabled list.
Alonso working out with Tucson starting Saturday
WASHINGTON -- Injured Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso will take part in workouts and also batting practice with Triple-A Tucson beginning Saturday.
Alonso, who has been on the disabled list since June 6 (retroactive to May 31) with a broken bone in his right hand, isn't ready to start a rehabilitation assignment and play in games. But this could certainly be a precursor to that.
"He's going to get a feel for getting back into action," said Padres manager Bud Black. "We're happy the hand is healing. It's close.
"All the [CT] scans that have taken place, it has shown the bone is healing. There's less pain. And he feels good."
After Friday, the Padres play nine consecutive games before the All-Star break. Black said the team has no plans to simply give Alonso the All-Star break to give his hand additional time to heal.
"When you're ready, you're ready," Black said. "But again, we're going to do the most prudent thing."