Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Injured O's Bynum, Cabrera Rehabbing

SEATTLE -- Two Orioles players moved closer to returning to the big league roster on Tuesday, when they played games at the team's extended Spring Training camp in Sarasota, Fla. Reliever Fernando Cabrera and utilityman Freddie Bynum are both expected to continue their respective rehabilitations for another week or so before their cases will be re-evaluated.

Cabrera, who's working back from offseason arthroscopic surgery on his pitching elbow, threw one inning on Tuesday and didn't allow any baserunners. The right-hander will have to go through a Minor League rehab stint once he's deemed healthy enough to pitch, and Baltimore manager Dave Trembley said it may take another week before he reaches that point.

"He'll take two days off and pitch again. He made it look easy," said Trembley. "I don't know if it's too soon yet, but at some point in time he's going to have to pitch back-to-back days. ... I don't know if he's there yet. But I would think that's something that he probably would have to do too before he gets sent out on a rehab assignment."

Bynum, who had surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee during Spring Training, may be a little closer than Cabrera. The Orioles want to make sure he can play both the infield and the outfield before he returns, and Trembley said the early returns have been positive. Bynum played shortstop on Tuesday and will float around for the rest of the week.

"He's doing all right," said Trembley, gauging the infielder's progress. "I would think he's probably going to play at least through this week and then we'll see where he's at. I don't know for sure, but I don't think he's been extended to play back-to-back days [and] full games yet. I think he's going to have to do that."


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