NEW YORK –- Everth Cabrera was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday night with a bruised left foot to make room on the roster for J.J. Hardy.
Cabrera, who’s in the middle of an 0-for-17 slump, was hit by a pitch by New York Mets starter Jacob deGrom in the fifth inning of Wednesday night’s game.
He’s hitting .205 with four RBIs. Cabrera filled in at short, starting 23 of the 25 games in Hardy’s absence.
“Cabrera did a nice job, and he will contribute again,” Showalter said.
If Cabrera hadn’t been sent to the disabled list, the Orioles would have optioned Rey Navarro to Triple-A Norfolk. Navarro is expected to be sent down when Ryan Flaherty, who’s been on the DL with a sore groin, is activated on Friday. Flaherty is not eligible to return until then.
NOTES: Matt Wieters caught seven innings in an extended spring training game. CBSsports.com reported Wieters was suffering some triceps soreness, which was unrelated to last June’s Tommy John surgery.
“He’s had soreness, which is normal,” Showalter said. “That’s normal and nothing that’s been in one spot all the time that would be alarming. It’s moved around. It’s not as much as it was, and it’s not often. It’s very normal what goes on in this period. It’s that last step that he’s got to get over before he starts playing.”
Showalter expects Wieters to take Friday off before he catches again.
Jonathan Schoop has been on the disabled list with a sprained right knee since Apr. 18, and Showalter says the rehab is moving slowly.
“You can’t really start a lot of the rehab stuff they do until they get the fluid out of there,” Showalter said.
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