Fernando Cabrera was a forgotten man this year. Now he's in the Orioles' bullpen.
Life takes another sharp turn.
Cabrera went on the disabled list in spring training after having surgery over the winter to remove bone chips from his elbow. He reported to extended spring training and stayed there until the Orioles sent him to Triple-A Norfolk on an injury rehab assignment. He appeared in 11 games for the Tides, and his control was spotty, to be polite, in his first few outings. And that's been an issue in the past.
Cabrera got off to a great start with the Indians last year, not allowing a run in his first 10 2/3 innings, but his season went south. He surrendered 14 earned runs in his next 10 2/3 innings, allowed one in his next nine innings, then gave up six in his next 3 1/3.
The Indians released Cabrera, and the Orioles signed him to a minor league deal on Aug. 21. He joined the major league staff on Sept. 4 and served up a grand slam to Carlos Pena later that night.
Cabrera was stink-tacular with the Orioles, allowing 14 earned runs and walking nine batters in 10 innings, but he's getting a second chance with them. A former 10th-round draft pick, he'll turn 27 in November.
With Matt Albers on the disabled list, the starters will have to pitch better - and I'm especially talking about Garrett Olson, Radhames Liz and Brian Burres. If manager Dave Trembley was going to make a change in his rotation, Albers would have been inserted into it. Now he doesn't really have another option. He won't return Adam Loewen to the rotation and he won't give Jim Johnson any starts. Hayden Penn isn't ready, and nobody else is kicking down the door at Norfolk.
In case you missed it, The Sun's Jeff Zrebiec is reporting that catcher Matt Wieters will be promoted to Double-A Bowie.
It appears that pitcher Jake Arrieta will stay in Single-A Frederick for a little while longer. As I mentioned last night on the Inside Pitch segment of MASN's O's Xtra (delayed shameless plug), the Orioles want to make sure Arrieta is completely recovered from the mild lower-back strain that cropped up during a May 26 start against Kinston, and get him back on a roll before promoting him.
Now watch him move up to Bowie by the time I hit the "save" button on this entry.