BRADENTON, Fla. -- Yes, that 6-foot-7 right-hander spotted walking around Pirate City is Daniel Cabrera, the former Baltimore Oriole whose once-meteoric career fizzled just as quickly. Cabrera is a late entry among the non-roster invitees to camp, signed to a Minor League contract on Feb. 18. The Dominican native, 30, spent 2011 recovering from Tommy John elbow surgery. Most recently, Cabrera pitched in the Angels' farm system in 2010. Cabrera has not appeared in the Majors since six games with the D-backs in 2009.
"We've always liked the arm; wanted to give him another shot at getting back," said Pirates general manager Neal Huntington.
Cabrera had an erratic batting-practice session Monday. He is tentatively scheduled to pitch in Friday's intrasquad game.Cabrera went 12-8 as a 22-year-old with Baltimore in 2004, when he finished third in voting for American League Rookie of the Year, and he followed that up with 10 more wins in '05. On Sept. 28, 2006, Cabrera took a no-hitter into the bottom of the ninth at Yankee Stadium. Robinson Cano broke up the gem with a one-out single, then Cabrera got Bobby Abreu to ground into a game-ending double play. Since that career peak, Cabrera has gone 17-34 with a 5.48 ERA. The Pirates are the fourth different team to offer a chance to revive his career, following Arizona, Washington and the Angels.