The Tincaps are getting some major-league help from San Diego.
Padres infielder Everth Cabrera joined the TinCaps on a major league injury rehabilitation assignment. Cabrera will be with Fort Wayne during the team's two-day stay in South Bend.
In another move, right-hander Ruben Mejia was transferred from Double-A San Antonio to Fort Wayne. Mejia pitched two innings of scoreless relief on Sunday for San Antonio. This season with Fort Wayne, he is 2-5 with a 3.16 ERA in 13 appearances.Cabrera, 26, was placed on San Diego's 15-day disabled list June 19 with a left hamstring strain. At that time, he was hitting .305 with four home runs and 21 RBI. He is currently the National League leader in stolen bases with 31. He led the NL last year with 44 stolen bases.
Cabrera, native of Nandaime, Nicaragua, was originally signed by the Colorado Rockies as a non-drafted free agent on June 11, 2004. He was selected by the Padres in the first round of the Rule 5 draft Dec. 11, 2008. His first minor-league experience in the San Diego organization came in 2009, when he debuted with the Advanced-A Lake Elsinore Storm. Cabrera has never played with Fort Wayne. This marks the second-ever rehab stint by a Padres player in a TinCaps uniform. In August 2010, David Eckstein, who has since retired, joined the TinCaps for three games in Comstock Park, Mich., as they took on the West Michigan Whiecaps. The TinCaps roster stands at the Midwest League limit of 25 players.