UPDATE: Call off the retirement party: Orlando Cabrera told the U.S. media today that the report in the Colombian newspaper was wrong and that he’s not going to retire after 2011. And then — as if he was targeting me specifically — he said “I feel I can play for many years. I feel I’m in the best shape of my life. I feel awesome. I don’t feel old at all.”
Now what are we gonna do with this gold watch?
12:39 PM: Via MLB Trade Rumors comes news that Orlando Cabrera told a Colombian newspaper that he doesn’t intend to play beyond the 2011 season.
Which may be academic given how hard it was for him to find a job this winter. Unless he were to make himself over into a hot-hitting super-sub in Cleveland, my guess is that the rest of the league would set his plans about playing after this year, not Cabrera himself.
But hey, at least he gets the Dr. J-style retirement tour.
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman had to exit Wednesday night’s game against the Phillies after he was hit on the left wrist by a Hoby Milner fastball in the bottom of the eighth inning. Charlie Culberson pinch-ran for him and stayed in the game to play first base.
You may recall that Freeman’s left wrist is the one that was fractured by an Aaron Loup pitch last year. Understandably, there’s some concern here. The Braves should provide an update later tonight or on Thursday.
Freeman went 1-for-3 in Wednesday’s game before exiting. On the season, he’s batting .288/.468/.492 with two home runs, 12 RBI, and 12 runs scored in 79 plate appearances.