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Cesar Cabral halfway through rehab assignment

05/28/2013 1:26 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Cesar Cabral could put on the pinstripes for real by June 13.(AP)
With the Yankees’ myriad of injuries, it might be easy to forget about pitcher Cesar Cabral being among those on the disabled list – but he could be just about two weeks away from finally making his debut in pinstripes.

Tuesday marks the official midpoint of Cabral’s 30-day rehab clock, which began on May 14 with his outing for Class-A Tampa. Through Memorial Day, Cabral had made four appearances for the T-Yanks, throwing 5.2 innings and allowing two runs on six hits with six walks and four strikeouts.

Cabral, 24, was a Rule 5 draft pick from the Red Sox organization in 2011 and was competing with Clay Rapada for the Yankees’ lefty specialist role last year until he suffered a stress fracture in his elbow late in Spring Training. The southpaw missed all of 2012 due to the injury, and began his true rehab assignment earlier this month after throwing in Extended Spring Training for the first six weeks of the season.

Barring a setback, Cabral’s 30-day rehab clock expires on June 13, and the Yankees will have to make a decision with him at that point; because he has been on the 60-day disabled list for the last year-plus and is thus still under Rule 5 status, the southpaw must spend at least 90 days on the 25-man active roster this year or else he must be placed on waivers and offered back to his original team.

Cabral spent his last active season, 2011, between two Red Sox affiliates, Class-A Advanced Salem and Double-A Portland; the lefty was 3-4 with nine saves and a 2.95 ERA over 36 appearances, and he struck out 70 in 55 innings pitched.

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