Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Daniel Cabrera was called up yesterday when Matt Riley went on the 15-day DL. He will make his major league debut tonight in a start against a White Sox team that put 15 runs on the board against the O's last night. Cabrera was 0-1 with a 2.63 ERA for Bowie with 35 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings. He's likely only up for one start so get a look at this guy before he heads back to the minors.

Obviously Rodrigo Lopez can't be too happy about being passed over for a start. Manager Lee Mazzilli explained this as a temporary move to Lopez. According to the Sun, Mazzilli told Lopez that if he gets moved into the rotation it would be in the No. 2 spot and not the No. 5 spot since the latter often has his starts skipped due to rainouts or open dates in the schedule.

John Maine was considered for this spot start as well but he pitched in Triple-A recently and the O's would like to see him get a more innings there before making a big league debut.

Riley is expected to rest for a few days before starting a throwing program. He is expected to rejoin the O's rotation when healthy.

Ponson sucks. Actually, I don't think he is as bad as he looked but I definitely do not think he is an ace of a major league staff. I hope he can find the control that he displayed last year before going to San Francisico but I'm not going to hold my breath.