Cabrera Is Getting the Once-Over

By Adam Kilgore
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, July 6, 2007

CHICAGO, July 5 -- Following one of the worst starts of his season, Baltimore Orioles starter Daniel Cabrera received some extra advice in his bullpen session Thursday. Pitching coach Leo Mazzone asked Orioles broadcaster and Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer to join him in the bullpen while Cabrera threw.

"If you are smart, you use all the tools that are available to you," Mazzone said. "We're just going to check out Daniel to see what's going on -- nothing major."

When Mazzone was the pitching coach with the Atlanta Braves, he would occasionally ask Braves analyst Don Sutton, now a Nationals broadcaster, to watch pitchers with him.

"It's just another set of eyes," interim manager Dave Trembley said. "We would be remiss in not wanting to seek the help of someone like Jim Palmer."

Despite Cabrera's recent struggles, Mazzone emphasized the 115 1/3 innings Cabrera has worked this season, most on the team. He has pitched at least six innings in 14 of 18 starts. Tuesday, he went six innings, giving up five runs and five walks and took the loss against at the White Sox.

"You want to try to get a little sharper," Mazzone said. "This is just fine-tuning or whatever you want to call it. It's maintenance basically, which is a constant with every single pitcher you have."

Though he leads the league in walks with 56, he has shown improved control compared with last season. Through 18 starts in 2006, Cabrera had walked 81 batters in only 96 2/3 innings.

Mora Still Ailing

Melvin Mora sat out for the fourth straight game Thursday night to nurse his bruised left foot. Trembley originally had Mora in the lineup, but the third baseman told him his foot was still bothering him. "I don't want to rush that thing and know I'm going to be out for one month," Mora said. "I need to keep doing treatment, get here early and do the best I can."

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