-- Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Daniel Cabrera, on the disabled list since Aug. 23 because of a strained lower back, will throw a bullpen session Sunday, then will be sent to Class AA Bowie on Wednesday for a rehabilitation assignment.

Because Cabrera was placed on the DL retroactive to Aug. 17, he is eligible to be activated Sept. 1. Orioles trainer Richie Bancells said Cabrera's back has improved significantly, and after Sunday's bullpen session, the pitcher's rehabilitation will be in the hands of the team's decision makers. Cabrera is 8-11 with a 5.00 ERA for the Orioles this season.

Sosa Hurting

Outfielder Sammy Sosa remained at home after the growth under his right toenail continued to be painful. Sosa was kept out of Friday's game against the Oakland Athletics. The outfielder was scheduled to be examined by a team doctor Saturday.

"I think he was in a lot of pain last night and this morning," Orioles interim manager Sam Perlozzo said.

Gomez Adjusting

Utility infielder Chris Gomez started his 17th game at first base, a career high. Gomez, a shortstop for most of his career, said he's trying to get accustomed to the position.

"The more I play there, the more comfortable I get," Gomez said.

On Saturday, Gomez deftly picked up a low throw from second baseman Brian Roberts in the first inning, but then also committed his second error at first base when he threw past shortstop Miguel Tejada at second base.

"It's more weird than I thought it would be," Gomez said. "But after a few starts you get adjusted."