Bullpen candidate Cabral to have X-rays, MRI

Yankees left-hander Cesar Cabral left George M. Steinbrenner Field with his arm in a sling and will have both an MRI and an X-ray performed after reporting pain in his left elbow.

Cabral, who had been a strong candidate to break camp in the club’s bullpen, pitched a scoreless sixth inning against the Phillies on Friday. He completed the frame before telling anyone of the injury.

“That’s the dangerous thing about this time of year; that’s the true danger,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “Everyone’s trying to make a team.

“It’s what you dream about as a little kid, what you do all the work for. He was in a lot of pain. He’s got two tests tomorrow, an MRI and an X-ray. It doesn’t sound great.”

Girardi said that Cabral “had a pretty good chance” of making the Yankees roster as a second left-handed reliever behind Boone Logan.

The 24-year-old had compiled a 1.59 ERA in 10 appearances spanning 11 1/3 innings, allowing 12 hits while walking two and striking out 12. The Yankees may now take Clay Rapada for that role instead.

“He’s really down and he’s concerned,” Yankees GM Brian Cashman said of Cabral. “This has been a real bad day.”

  • By the way, Girardi mentioned George Kontos has a blister. That completes today’s injury roundup.

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