Everth Cabrera ready for comeback

Updated: February 19, 2014, 10:20 AM ET
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Everth Cabrera realizes he has a lot of work to do in his comeback from a season-ending suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.

"I have to come back from zero," Cabrera, the Padres' lone All-Star invite last season, told U-T San Diego. "I did some work every day [this offseason] to get back to normal, to get that momentum again."

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Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY SportsSan Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera says he's ready to put last season's 50-game suspension behind him.

Cabrera was suspended the final 50 games of 2013 for his relationship to Biogenesis of America, the since closed anti-aging clinic in South Florida accused of distributing banned performing-enhancing drugs to players.

The 27-year-old Cabrera said at the time the suspension was announced that he took a banned substance in 2011 to recover from a shoulder injury.

The Padres struggled without Cabrera, going 24-26 in those final 50 games.

"Those two months, I was thinking about my situation and the stuff that happened to me," he told the newspaper. "Now I have to go to work every single day."

Cabrera was enjoying a breakthrough season prior to the suspension, batting a career-best .283 with 37 stolen bases in 95 games.

"I talked with [him] all the time," Padres outfielder Will Venable told the paper. "There's been plenty of conversations after the suspension that helped you get back to normal. You know, he served his suspension. We'll always be disappointed that he chose to go down that route. ... We had to pay a price for that also by not having him with us. We need him."

Said third baseman Chase Headley: "For me, he did what he had to do: He came in and talked with guys [at the time of his suspension] and he was around. For me, it's over. He paid the penalty for what he did. That's all you can ask of somebody."

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