UPDATE: David Waldstein of the NY Times reports that Cabral has suffered a stress fracture to the left olecranon bone which is located on the tip of his elbow. He says there is no timetable for his return at this point, but it seems like that could be a 2-3 month process. TJS isn’t necessary.
After sending the lefty, Rule 5 guy in for an MRI this morning, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he has a significant injury and expect him to be on the DL for more than a couple of weeks, according to Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger.
We haven’t heard the phrase Tommy John Surgery thrown around yet, but that seems like it will come next. Before that though, the Yankees will probably send Cabral to Dr. James Andrews to have the elbow checked out.
If Cabral spends the entire season on the DL with TJS than the Yankees would retain his rights until next season. The catch is that the same Rule 5 rules would apply because he wouldn’t have spent the necessary 90-days on the active roster. So while this is bad news, it doesn’t necessarily mean Cabral’s Yankee career is over.
With Cabral and Pineda both likely headed to the DL, this not only opens up a spot on the roster for Clay Rapada, but somebody else as well. It will likely be a long-man out of the bullpen, somebody like Adam Warren, David Phelps, or D.J. Mitchell, but it could also be Bill Hall or Justin Maxwell.