DUNEDIN, FLA. — New Orioles infielder Everth Cabrera has made a couple of baserunning mistakes over the past week, but manager Buck Showalter said again on Friday that he tries not to rein in the aggressiveness of his players.
"I know he's had a couple things there and we'll correct it," Showalter said. "They were both execution, not aggressiveness. He didn't look in on a stolen base. I put that on Rickey Henderson. You can look in and find the ball and still steal the base."
Showalter says he has been impressed with Cabrera's commitment to avoiding a recurrence of the hamstring issues that hampered him in San Diego last season.
"You can tell he realizes how important his legs are to him,'' Showalter said. "He's in the weight room all the time. He gets taken out of a game, he stays there. He understands what's going on here. It's because he's got a contract and he also has an option. And that's one of the things attractive about him is the flexibility he gives us."
Club signs Villanueva
The Orioles have signed right-hander Elih Villanueva to a minor league contract, according to Baseball America.
Villanueva, 28, has made one major league appearance, starting a game for the Marlins in 2011 and allowing eight runs in three innings. He was 10-10 with a 4.47 ERA last year for Triple-A New Orleans.