Cabral officially begins minor league rehab assignment


Left-hander Cesar Cabral, the forgotten injured Yankee, officially started his minor league rehab assignment with a scoreless inning for High-A Tampa tonight. He walked a batter and got two fly ball outs, plus another on the ground. His 30-day rehab window is now ticking and will expire on June 13th.

Cabral, 24, missed all of last season with a fracture in his pitching elbow. He must spend at least 90 days on the 25-man active roster this year as a Rule 5 Draft pick, otherwise he must be placed on waivers and offered back to his original team (Red Sox). Cabral nearly beat out Clay Rapada for the second southpaw spot in the bullpen before the injury last spring, and the Yankees definitely like him based on the way they’ve talked about him over the last 18 months or so. If Cabral stays healthy during the rehab assignment, they’ll have a decision to make one month from today.

Categories : Asides, Injuries
  • JonS

    Who goes? Kelly?

  • Mike W

    I think you are wrong about Cabral being returned to the Red Sox. I think he was a Rule V guy once before and if that is the case I believe if the Yankees choose not to keep him on their roster Cabral becomes a free agent.

    • Mike Axisa

      He can opt for free agent, but technically he has to be offered back first. The Red Sox can agree to take him back, but Cabral can just elect free agency.