MacPhail: No surgery needed on Cabrera's elbow

The Baltimore Sun

A second opinion on Daniel Cabrera's sprained right elbow revealed no further damage, Orioles president Andy MacPhail said yesterday.

Cabrera, who was 8-10 with a 5.25 ERA in 30 starts before being shut down after his Sept. 13 start with elbow pain, was examined this week by University of Miami orthopedist Dr. John Uribe. MacPhail said Uribe's diagnosis "echoed" the one from team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens.

"It just requires time off and rest, no surgery," MacPhail said. "It was something that was actually healing. It might have been just a little scar tissue in there."

Reliever Jamie Walker is also expected to get a second opinion on his left elbow from Dr. James Andrews, but he hasn't made the trip to Birmingham, Ala., yet. Walker had a magnetic resonance imaging last week that didn't reveal any new damage.

In other Orioles news, their August trade of Chad Bradford to the Tampa Bay Rays likely won't be completed until November. The Orioles received a player to be named, likely a low-level minor leaguer, for the right-handed reliever in a move that was done primarily for salary relief.

The organizational meetings will start Monday in Sarasota, Fla., with all the Orioles' top executives expected to attend. MacPhail reiterated that he expects no significant front office changes, even though several of the club's top executives have expiring contracts this month. Executive vice president Mike Flanagan said this week that he's planning on attending the meetings.

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