Orioles lose two pitchers to injuries

Orioles lose two pitchers to injuries

TORONTO -- The Orioles did not receive good news on the medical front on Wednesday, as they will now be without two more of their pitchers.

Starter Daniel Cabrera was sent back to Baltimore after experiencing pain in his right elbow during his side session on Wednesday, while the club also placed reliever Dennis Sarfate on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury.

Cabrera, who was scheduled to pitch in Thursday's series finale against the Blue Jays, will now be scratched from his start and replaced by left-hander Garrett Olson.

"He went out to throw a side [session] today and felt some discomfort," said Orioles manager Dave Trembley of Cabrera. "He had some tingling in his elbow, so [team doctors] had to shut him down."

Trembley also indicated that Cabrera will meet with team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens in Baltimore on Thursday.

Cabrera had an MRI performed on his right elbow at the end of August, but it revealed no damage. This time around, though, Trembley said that the right-hander is feeling pain in a "different area" of his elbow.

The 27-year-old starter has not pitched well since the All-Star break, posting a 2-5 record over 10 starts, with a bloated 7.59 ERA. During that span, opponents have hit .343 against him.

While it is not yet known whether Cabrera will return to pitch this year, it is a certainty that Sarfate is done for the season. The right-hander, who has not pitched since Sept. 9 due to a right distal clavicle fracture, originally suffered the injury in April, when a car door slammed into his shoulder.

Trembley said that Sarfate, who is 4-3 with a 4.74 ERA in 57 games this year, will have surgery next week and should be ready for the 2009 season.

For all the negative news surrounding Baltimore's pitching staff, there was one positive. Staff ace Jeremy Guthrie, who has been sidelined since Aug. 29 with a sore right shoulder, felt fine on Wednesday after throwing from 120 feet a day earlier.

Guthrie said that he will likely throw long toss again on Thursday, before possibly progressing to a bullpen session over the weekend. If all goes well, the right-hander could return from the DL next week.

While Guthrie is doing all that he can to return to the Baltimore rotation before the end of the season, he said he will not risk his health.

"If I was hurt to a point where I couldn't feel like I could pitch anymore, then I wouldn't be against [sitting out the remainder of the year]," Guthrie said. "But right now, I'm not there. If we get to the bullpen session and it doesn't feel right, then I'll be smart and I'm not going to just pitch for the sake of pitching.

"Until the season is over, I'm going to keep working just as though it was May and I'm trying to get back as quickly as I can. I'll shut it down when the bell rings, and that'll be Sept. 28."

David Singh is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.