Sacramento River Cats

Giants release former All-Star Everth Cabrera

The Giants released infielder Everth Cabrera Wednesday after he said he would not play for the River Cats the rest of the season.

Cabrera, who had been playing for the Triple A team since signing a minor-league contract with the Giants in July, was not called up to the majors when rosters expanded Sept. 1. Later that day, he said he would not play another game with the organization.

“I’m not going to be focused in the game,” Cabrera said Tuesday. “I’m going to be thinking about that (stuff) and anything, why they don’t call me up. I don’t know why I’m here, but I think this is going to be my last day.”

The shortstop/second baseman led the National League with 44 bases for the San Diego Padres in 2012. He made the N.L. All-Star team the following season, batting .291 with 34 steals at the break, but was suspended for most of the second half for his role in the Biogenesis scandal.

Cabrera was not on the Giants’ 40-man roster, meaning a rostered player would need to be moved to make room for him. The Giants designated outfielder Justin Maxwell for assignment Tuesday, but chose to call up second baseman Nick Noonan instead of Cabrera.

River Cats manager Bob Mariano said he could understand Cabrera’s frustration at not being promoted, given his tenure.

“He’s been great. He loves to play the game. Once you get a taste of the big leagues ... I mean, he’s had some success up there,” Mariano said. “For him to be down here, it’s tough.”

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