After acquiring reliever Cesar Cabral from the Kansas City Royals through the Rule 5 Draft, the New York Yankees were impressed with his strong spring training, but unfortunately had to shut him down for the season with an elbow injury. However, Cabral will be given another chance, as the Yankees plan on bringing him to spring training once again in 2013.
Cabral was originally selected by the Royals from the Boston Red Sox, then traded to the Yankees for cash. Since he was a Rule 5 selection, he needed to make New York's big league roster or be sent back to his original team. This spring, Cabral will once again have to win a spot in New York's bullpen, but could be optioned to the minors later in the season.
Cabral is a 23 year old left-hander with no major league experience. In 10 spring training appearances, he was 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA and a save. He allowed just two earned runs in 11.1 innings along with 12 strikeouts.
Boone Logan had already earned a spot as New York's lefty-specialist in the bullpen, but Cabral and Clay Rapada were battling for the second lefty spot. Cabral seemed to be the favorite to win the spot because of his youth and Rule 5 pick, but Rapada was given the spot after Cabral's elbow injury landed him on the disabled list.
Rapada was 3-0 with a 2.82 ERA in 70 appearances for the Yankees in 2012, so Cabral will have to impress to steal his roster spot. He will now have the opportunity, however, so he will have to make the most of it.
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