Cabrera is scheduled to make his start against the Rays on Saturday, but manager Dave Trembley said the plan is for Cabrera to play catch either Thursday, on the team's off-day, or Friday during batting practice in St. Petersburg. When the right-hander does play catch, and how he feels after that session, will determine whether or not he will make his start Saturday or Sunday.
"The MRI came back clean but he is feeling some discomfort in the forearm region so we're going to wait to see what I'm going to do," Trembley said. "I might have to give him an extra day, I might have to switch the rotation in [St. Petersburg], but I'm going to wait."
"I can't say when he's going to pitch or if in fact he's not going to pitch until he plays catch," he added. "All I know is the MRI came back, and it's clean, which is good news, but until he plays catch and picks up a ball and he tells me and [pitching coach Rick Kranitz] how he is, I cant say, one way or the other."
Cabrera, who lasted just 3 2/3 innings in his last start, an 8-7 loss to the Yankees, declined to answer questions about his health after that start -- leading to speculation that the 6-foot-9 hurler was injured.
On Wednesday, Cabrera said he was relieved by the MRI results and described the pain in his arm to be "tendinitis."
"I was worried," Cabrera said. "I'm happy. ... It's not in my hands anymore. It's up to Richie [Bancells], the trainer. He decides now [when I can pitch again]."
Cabrera has not been able to make it through to the seventh inning in any of his five starts in August. In those five starts, the right-hander is 1-2 with a 7.71 ERA -- allowing 22 earned runs over 25 2/3 innings and the normally hard-throwing right-hander's velocity has fallen markedly below his normal 95-98 mph.
Cabrera is also still awaiting a hearing for his six-game suspension, levied by Major League Baseball after being ejected in the Orioles' game against the Yankees on July 29 for hitting Alex Rodriguez with a pitch. But Trembley said Wednesday that the team hasn't considered having Cabrera drop the appeal and serve the suspension in order to give the right-hander extra time between starts.
Amanda Comak is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.