The Orioles' already thin pitching staff is in danger of getting even thinner as the club waits to find out more about Daniel Cabrera, who is experiencing discomfort in his right forearm.
Concerned about the recent fall-off in Cabrera's velocity, the Orioles had their No. 2 starter undergo a magnetic resonance imaging on his right arm Tuesday. Manager Dave Trembley said the MRI came back negative but that Cabrera recently disclosed that he has felt discomfort. The development casts doubt on Cabrera's next start, which is scheduled for this weekend against the Tampa Bay Rays on the road.
"I can't really give you a definitive answer on Daniel Cabrera," Trembley said before last night's 11-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox. "The MRI came back clean, but he is feeling some discomfort in the forearm region, so we're going to wait to see what I'm going to do. I might have to give him an extra day, I might have to switch the rotation in Tampa, but I'm going to wait."
Cabrera was originally supposed to pitch Saturday, but Trembley is considering holding him until Sunday.
But even that is uncertain. Trembley is hoping that Cabrera will be able to have a light side session tomorrow.
"I can't say when he's going to pitch or if in fact he's not going to pitch until he plays catch," Trembley said. "All I know is the MRI came back and it's clean, which is good news, but until he plays catch and picks up a ball and he tells me and [pitching coach Rick Kranitz] how he is, I can't say one way or the other."
Cabrera has struggled throughout his career with control, but he has always had blistering speed. Lately, though, his fastball, which is usually clocked in the mid-90s, has been coming in in the low 90s and high 80s. In his most recent start, Sunday against the New York Yankees, he was lit up for seven runs in 3 2/3 innings.
Quiet as deadline nears
As the next trading deadline approaches Sunday, the Orioles don't look as if they'll be making a move.
Players who have cleared waivers can be dealt until midnight Sunday and still be eligible for the acquiring team's postseason roster. Several Orioles have cleared waivers, including Aubrey Huff, Melvin Mora, Jamie Walker, Kevin Millar and Jay Payton, but a deal seems unlikely.
"It's been awfully quiet," Orioles president Andy MacPhail said. "Again, things can change, a domino effect, but it is very quiet right now."
Trembley said closer George Sherrill and center fielder Adam Jones would come off the disabled list Monday. Sherrill was suffering from a shoulder injury, and Jones was sidelined by a foot injury.
The manager said the schedule for Sherrill is one more light workout followed by a practice throwing off the mound in Tampa and then being activated for the road trip to Boston. Trembley said Jones ran Tuesday but that Jones would have to go through batting practice before a decision could be made on his return.
The Orioles activated right-handed pitcher Greg Aquino (hamstring) from the disabled list and designated him for assignment. Aquino has pitched in nine games for the Orioles with a 12.54 ERA in 9 1/3 innings.
Arrieta named Carolina League Pitcher of Year
Jake Arrieta of Single-A Frederick was named Carolina League Pitcher of the Year.
Most recently, Arrieta played with the U.S. national team in the Beijing Olympics, in which the U.S. won the bronze medal. For the Keys, Arrieta was 6-5 with a league-leading 2.87 ERA in 20 starts. He had 120 strikeouts in 113 innings.
Around the horn
Alex Cintron was supposed to start at second base last night and give Brian Roberts a break, but Cintron came down with food poisoning and Roberts was back at his post. ... The Orioles have eight stolen bases in their past nine games. In their previous 31 games, they had just three steals. ... Reliever Kam Mickolio is expected to be recalled Tuesday after Triple-A Norfolk finishes its season.
Homers that have been hit onto Eutaw Street this season, tying the record from 1996