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“I have it under control,” Cabrera said. “It was just a bad decision. I plan to continue with treatment. I made a mistake this time, and all I can do is continue treatment.”
In Surprise, Ariz., Texas Rangers pitcher Brandon Webb threw 60-65 pitches off flat ground during a 17-minute session. Texas manager Ron Washington said the “ball was coming out of his hand real good.”
The Rangers decided they wanted the right-hander to build up arm strength before getting back on a mound after his short bullpen session during the first workout a week ago. The former NL Cy Young Award winner hasn’t pitched in a major league game since the 2009 opener for Arizona because of shoulder surgery.
In Scottsdale, Ariz., the Colorado Rockies decided to be careful with right-hander Aaron Cook, who has missed three days of pitching and will miss his first scheduled start of spring training due to continued setbacks from tightness in his shoulder and a bout with a stomach ailment.
Cook entered spring training as Colorado’s No. 3 starter behind Ubaldo Jimenez and Jorge De La Rosa.
“He is getting stretched out to long distance and will eventually work his way back to the mound,” manager Jim Tracy said. “He had a couple of things he was battling early on and now he’s progressing.”
In Sarasota, Fla., Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts missed a second straight day of spring training workouts because of a stiff neck.
Roberts woke up Wednesday morning with neck stiffness, but x-rays came back negative. The injury forced him to forgo practice on Wednesday, and he also skipped Thursday’s session.
He said he’s feeling better, though he will continue treatment. Roberts said he hopes to be ready to return Friday or Saturday. He said he’s “just trying to get it calmed down.”
A two-time All-Star, he was limited to 59 games last season because of injuries that included a herniated disk in his back and a concussion. He says his neck problem has nothing to do with the back injury.
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