F. Cabrera receiving another turn with O's

ROCH AROUND THE CLOCK

June 29, 2008|By ROCH KUBATKO

Fernando Cabrera was a forgotten man this year. Now he's in the Orioles' bullpen.

Life takes another sharp turn.

Cabrera went on the disabled list in spring training after having surgery over the winter to remove bone chips from his elbow. He reported to extended spring training and stayed there until the Orioles sent him to Triple-A Norfolk on an injury rehabilitation assignment. He appeared in 11 games for the Tides, and his control was spotty, to be polite, in his first few outings. And that has been an issue in the past.

Cabrera got off to a great start with the Cleveland Indians last year, not allowing a run in his first 10 2/3 innings, but his season went south. He surrendered 14 earned runs in his next 10 2/3 innings, allowed one in his next nine innings, then gave up six in his next 3 1/3 .

The Indians released Cabrera, and the Orioles signed him to a minor league deal Aug. 21. He joined the major league staff Sept. 4 and served up a grand slam to Carlos Pena that night.

Cabrera was stink-tacular with the Orioles, allowing 14 earned runs and walking nine batters in 10 innings, but he is getting a second chance with them. A former 10th-round draft pick, he'll turn 27 in November.

Here's a great idea: The Orioles are hosting a national PLAY campaign event tomorrow at Camden Yards, beginning at 10 a.m., for area youth ages 8-13 from the Orioles Dugout Club. It features pitcher Jeremy Guthrie and head athletic trainer Richie Bancells and is designed to educate kids on the dangers of using anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. Guthrie and Bancells also will pass along tips on how to train the healthy way.

PLAY, which stands for "Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth," is a public awareness campaign of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society. Bancells is the president of PBATS.

I made it safely to Nationals Park, where the press box sits so high up, it provides a splendid view - of my house.

I can't believe I left a light on upstairs.

roch.kubatko@baltsun.com

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