03/01/10 3:30 PM EST
D-Cab intent on sticking with White Sox
Out to win long-relief job, righty will pitch in 'B' game Tuesday
By Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com
The enigmatic pitcher has been with three different teams in the past two seasons but is hoping he has found a home with the White Sox.
"I really want to make this team, and I think I can help them," Cabrera said. "What I like about being here is that this is a really good organization with good players and the potential to make the playoffs."
In six Major League seasons, Cabrera has developed a reputation for his 97-mph fastball but also his lack of command. While with Baltimore in 2006 and '07, he walked 104 and 108 hitters, respectively. He walked 90 batters in 180 innings with the Orioles in '08, and in 51 combined innings with the Nationals and D-backs last season, he walked 42 batters.
"Last year was a bad year for me," Cabrera said. "That's what happens in baseball sometimes. I think sometimes you don't get the opportunity to do what you can do, and then sometimes when you get out there, you don't perform the way you should. You get hurt. Those are the things that happen in life. Sometimes you fall, but you have to get back up."
Cabrera, who is competing against Sergio Santos, Daniel Hudson, and Carlos Torres for the long-relief role, is scheduled to pitch two innings in a "B" game against the Dodgers on Tuesday. Gavin Floyd, Torres and Hudson will also pitch.
"Cabrera is a thrower, and we're going to use him out of the bullpen," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We are going to give him a very, very good opportunity to make this ballclub. Hopefully, he will come out and do what he can do. The biggest thing for him is throwing strikes and let the guys make the plays behind him."
On Thursday, John Danks, Lucas Harrell, Randy Williams, Santos, Erick Threets, Ryan Braun, Brian Omogrosso are scheduled to pitch for the White Sox against the Angels in the first game of Spring Training, which can bee seen on MLB.TV. Joel Pineiro will start for the Angels.
On Friday, the White Sox will send Mark Buehrle, Jeff Marquez, Scott Linebrink, J.J. Putz, Santo Luis and Freddy Dolsi to the mound against the Dodgers in an exclusive whitesox.com Web cast. Vicente Padilla is scheduled to start for Los Angeles.
"I'm here," Cabrera said. "I think somebody believes in me. I believe in myself. My last two years were not good for a lot of reasons, but I'm still standing. I'm on the track and I'm still running."
Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.