Michael Pineda is not the only pitcher the New York Yankees have lost to injury in the past couple of days. Cesar Cabral, a 22-year-old left-hander who had a shot at earning a spot in the bullpen, has a “significant” elbow injury.
Cabral apparently suffered the injury during an appearance on Friday night. The Yankees do not know at this point whether Cabral will require surgery, but they did say he will be sidelined longer than 15 days.
That means journeyman left-hander Clay Rapada, who has not given up a run in 10 spring appearances covering 9.1 innings, is likely to make the team.
The Yankees are looking for a second left-hander to join Boone Logan in their bullpen. They signed Pedro Feliciano prior to the 2011 season, but Feliciano showed up at 2011 Spring Training with a shoulder injury and has never pitched for the Yankees.
Pineda has been diagnosed with tendinitis and is expected to be OK.