Veteran infielder Everth Cabrera has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Giants, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
Cabrera signed a one-year, $2.4 million contract with the Orioles this offseason only to be released last week after hitting .208 with a .479 OPS in 29 games.
Cabrera made the All-Star team in 2013 as a member of the Padres, but he’s a career .246 hitter with a .643 OPS who profiles best as a utility man with good speed and the ability to play shortstop or second base.
In order to clear a spot for J.J. Hardy to make his season debut tonight against the Yankees, the Orioles placed infielder Everth Cabrera on the 15-day disabled list with a left foot contusion.
Cabrera suffered the injury when he was hit in the foot by a pitch last night against the Mets. The Orioles sent him for X-rays today which apparently ruled out a fracture, but he’ll now get some extended rest.
Cabrera, 28, was batting just .205/.227/.229 through 89 plate appearances this season and figured to have a diminished role even after Hardy’s return.
On the disabled list all season with a strained left shoulder, shortstop J.J. Hardy is back on the Orioles’ active roster and will make his 2015 debut tonight against the Yankees.
Hardy went on a brief minor-league rehab assignment before being activated and returns after missing a total of 25 games, during which time Everth Cabrera filled in as the Orioles’ primary shortstop and the team went 12-13.
Hardy, who signed a three-year, $40 million contract extension is October to bypass free agency at age 31 and remain in Baltimore, has hit .259 with 86 homers and a .720 OPS in 587 games since joining the Orioles in 2011. He’s also won three Gold Glove awards during that time.
Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com has the update …
J.J. Hardy could return to the Orioles on Thursday when they begin a series against the Yankees, manager Buck Showalter said.
Hardy, who has been on the disabled list with a strained left shoulder, is scheduled to play his third rehab game for Bowie on Wednesday night. He was 3-for-8 in the first two games.
Hardy was placed on the disabled list before Opening Day after suffering a strained left shoulder in one of the Orioles’ final Grapefruit League games. The hope was that he’d be ready for activation when first eligible — on April 11 — but a couple of minor setbacks prevented that from happening. Everth Cabrera has been serving as Baltimore’s primary shortstop. He entered play Wednesday with a brutal .213/.226/.238 batting line in 22 games.
It’s taken much longer than initially expected, but the Orioles have cleared shortstop J.J. Hardy to begin a minor-league rehab assignment as he comes back from a left shoulder injury that’s sidelined him all season.
Nearly a month ago Hardy was said to be “close” to starting a rehab stint, but instead he continued to rest before receiving a cortisone injection in late April. Now he’s set to play Monday night at Double-A and will likely play at least 3-4 games there before potentially coming off the disabled list, according to Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com.
Hardy’s return would provide a much-needed boost to the Orioles’ injury wrecked middle infield, which of late has consisted of Everth Cabrera at shortstop and 32-year-old Steve Pearce seeing his first career action at second base.