NEW YORK — An MRI performed on Everth Cabrera's left foot Friday morning came back clean. Cabrera, who was placed on the 15-day DL with a bruised left foot Thursday, remains confident he will be ready to return when he's eligible on May 22.
"No break, just a little sprain a little bit," Cabrera said. "Right now, for a week, relax, don't do nothing, just ice, massage, heat, treatment. That's it."
Cabrera was hit by a pitch on the top of his back foot by a 75-mph pitch on Wednesday. He remained in the game at the time, but when he woke up Thursday, the foot was sore. Initial X-rays taken on the foot were negative, but the Orioles still placed Cabrera on the DL before Thursday's game.
Cabrera said the injury wouldn't affect him hitting from the right side, but it would from the left side because he puts his weight on it before swinging. He said he plans to take a few days off and hopes to resume hitting next week.
When Cabrera returns, the Orioles will be faced with a difficult roster decision. Even though Cabrera could have been optioned before the season began, he reached five years of service time late last month. So, he can no longer be optioned to the minors without his consent.
It's the latest twist with an Orioles roster that is becoming painfully inflexible. The team doesn't have many optionable players on the pitching staff and now that's true of Orioles position players.
Ryan Flaherty, who was activated from the 15-day DL and started at second base Friday, is one of three position players on the active roster with minor league options. Catcher Caleb Joseph and third baseman Manny Machado – both key pieces to the club who aren't going anywhere – are the other two.
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The team optioned infielder Rey Navarro to Triple-A Norfolk as part of four pregame roster moves Friday. … Second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who on Saturday will be three weeks removed from going on the DL with a right knee injury, has begun jogging and agility work in the pool in Sarasota, Fla. … Friday marked the 49-year anniversary of Hall of Famer Frank Robinson hitting the only home run to completely leave Memorial Stadium. The Orioles great hit a 451-foot blast off Cleveland's Luis Tiant on May 8, 1966, and it was marked at Memorial Stadium by a flag in the back of the left-field bleachers that simply said, "Here." … Right fielder Delmon Young played down his first-inning catch that temporarily robbed Alex Rodriguez of his 661st career homer, saying. "It was only a matter of time before he hit another home run." Two innings later, Rodriguez homered to pass Willie Mays for sole possession of fourth place on the all-time home run list. "He hit that one even farther," Young said. "Almost knocked down the house that Ruth built."