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Orioles place Everth Cabrera on DL to make room for J.J. Hardy

Kevin Pillar of the Toronto Blue Jays steals second base in the third inning as Everth Cabrera (1) of the Baltimore Orioles cannot handle the throw on April 22, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto.
Kevin Pillar of the Toronto Blue Jays steals second base in the third inning as Everth Cabrera (1) of the Baltimore Orioles cannot handle the throw on April 22, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto.(Tom Szczerbowski / Getty Images)

The Orioles have placed infielder Everth Cabrera on the disabled list with a bruised left foot to create roster space to activate shortstop J.J. Hardy from the DL.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the team planned to take X-rays on Cabrera's foot, which was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning of Wednesday's game against the Mets.

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Cabrera, who is hitless in his last 17 at-bats, remained in the game and was later caught off third base, killing the Orioles' best chance for a rally in their 5-1 loss to the Mets.

"I want to take a look at Cabrera's foot where he fouled it off yesterday," Showalter said before the move was official. "He was a little sore today. ... Cabrera did a nice job for us and will hopefully contribute again."

The team must still clear space to activate Ryan Flaherty from the DL when he's eligible on Friday, and will likely option infielder Rey Navarro to Triple-A Norfolk.

Showalter said with the return of Flaherty, who played second base regularly after Jonathan Schoop injured his right knee, the Orioles could still play Steve Pearce at second. Pearce hadn't played second base before last week.

"Stevie can play a lot of places, Ryan can play a lot of places, Everth can play a lot of places," Showalter said. "I like our versatility."

-- Catcher Matt Wieters caught seven innings in an extended spring game on Thursday, the most he's caught in his recovery from Tommy John surgery.

Wieters is catching every other day, but must still first catch on back-to-back days before going on a minor league rehabilitation assignment.

"He's had soreness, which is normal," Showalter said. "That's normal and nothing that's been in one spot all the time that would be alarming. It's moved around. It's not as much as it was, and it's not often. It's very normal what goes on during this period. It's that last step that he's got to get over before he starts playing."

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-- Schoop has been slow to resume baseball activities. He hoped to begin rehabbing his injured right knee with some pool work, but he's still waiting for the swelling to completely subside in the knee. He has already had the knee drained twice.

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