The Cardinals optioned Cabrera to Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday.
After working as a member of the rotation in his first stint in the big leagues a few weeks ago, Cabrera rejoined the Cardinals as a relief arm following his June 13 callup. He logged three appearances out of the bullpen, giving up two runs on two hits and three walks while striking out five in 3.1 innings. Cabrera will presumably transition back to starting duty as he returns to Memphis.
Cabrera was recalled from Triple-A Memphis prior to Thursday's game against the Mets.
Ryan Helsley (shoulder impingement) landed on the injured list, so the Cardinals needed a fresh bullpen arm. Cabrera has only worked as a starter this year and last pitched June 9, so he could piggyback Daniel Ponce de Leon's start Friday in New York.
Cabrera was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday.
Cabrera made two starts during his first major-league stint but didn't look particularly good in either, allowing nine runs (six earned) in 8.1 innings while posting a 2.04 WHIP. Ryan Helsley was recalled from Memphis in a corresponding move, though it's not yet clear who will take Cabrera's spot in the rotation.
Cabrera (0-2) took the loss Tuesday, giving up four runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks over 4.2 innings as the Cardinals fell 4-1 to the Reds. He failed to strike out a batter.
The rookie wasn't fooling anyone on the night -- Cabrera fired 62 strikes among his 95 pitches, but alarmingly, he didn't generate a single swinging strike. Alex Reyes (finger) struggled in his last start for Triple-A Memphis, which may have bought Cabrera a little more time in the majors. However, the young southpaw hasn't shown anything yet to indicate he's really ready for the assignment. If he remains in the rotation, Cabrera's next outing will come Sunday on the road against the Cubs.
Cabrera will remain in the Cardinals' rotation and will make his next start Tuesday against the Reds, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
Cabrera had a relatively rocky introduction to the big leagues last Wednesday against the Phillies, allowing three earned runs on five hits and two walks over 3.2 innings while recording five strikeouts. However, the rookie made a good enough impression to leave team brass wanting to see him at the big-league level for at least one more start. "Overall, [Cabrera's] stuff looked way different from what all of us experienced in spring, so that was good to see," president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said. "He clearly has an electric arm, has a chance to really be an exciting pitcher in the big leagues. His ability to start is exciting."
Cabrera is expected to remain in the Cardinals' rotation, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The Cardinals have yet to officially announce their pitching plans beyond this weekend. However, it sounds like Cabrera will remain in the mix for the time being after debuting against the Phillies earlier in the week, allowing five runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks over 3.2 innings while striking out five. That said, with Alex Reyes stretching out in the minors, Cabrera may only be given a few more opportunities to prove he deserves to remain in the rotation long-term.
Cabrera (0-1) took the loss in his major-league debut Wednesday at Philadelphia by giving up five runs (three earned) on five hits over 3.2 innings. He struck out five and walked two.
Cabrera ran into trouble immediately as he issued a four-pitch walk to start the game, helping lead to a two-run first inning for the Phillies (though both runs were unearned due to an error). The 22-year-old lasted only 53 pitches and left with a runner on base -- that runner came around to score after Cabrera exited during the fourth inning. It's not clear whether the Cardinals plan to give Cabrera another look look in the rotation, as they could potentially go without a fifth starter until late next week due to Monday's off day.
Cabrera was recalled as expected ahead of his major-league debut Wednesday against the Phillies.
The 22-year-old's numbers through 39.2 innings at Triple-A Memphis hardly scream "big-league ready," as he's struggled to a 6.35 ERA, but he'll get the chance nonetheless. It's unclear if he'll make just one spot start or if he's auditioning for a regular role in the rotation. Outfielder Lane Thomas was sent down in a corresponding move.
Cabrera will be recalled from Triple-A Memphis to start Wednesday's game against the Phillies, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
Cabrera is set to make his big-league debut despite posting a 6.35 ERA and 1.58 WHIP with a 39:19 K:BB over 39.2 frames at Triple-A this season. If he is able to turn in a solid outing, there's a chance he could stick in the rotation for the time being.
Cabrera was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Saturday.
Cabrera opened camp on the major-league side but was never likely to claim a spot on the Opening Day roster. He has just two Triple-A innings under his belt but could push for a promotion later in the year with a strong performance in Memphis.
Cabrera's contract was selected by the Cardinals on Tuesday.
St. Louis protected Cabrera from the Rule 5 draft by placing him on the 40-man roster. The 22-year-old lefty spent the majority of his 2018 season with the Rays' Double-A Montgomery affiliate before being traded to the Cardinals just prior to the July deadline. He accrued a 4.27 ERA with 145 punchouts over 137 innings at Double-A last season.
Cabrera was sent to the Cardinals from the Rays on Tuesday along with Justin Williams and Roel Ramirez in exchange for Tommy Pham and international slot money, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Cabrera has a mediocre 4.12 ERA in 113.2 innings for Double-A Montgomery so far this season. The 21-year-old lefty's 26.2 percent strikeout rate is promising, though he's walking too many batters (12.0 percent). The poor command and lack of any particularly interesting secondary offerings give reason to believe he'll end up a reliever, but since he's still young the Cardinals could give him more time to prove that he can start.
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