|Cabrera is Cubs first Sept. call-up|
by Mike Nester of NorthsidersReport.com, September 1, 2013 at 5:34 pm ET
Alberto Cabrera Profile
Right-handed pitcher Alberto Cabrera became the first September call-up as the Cubs promoted the 24-year-old. The Cubs also activated OF Ryan Sweeney and 3B Luis Valbuena from the disabled list . To make room on the 40-man roster for Sweeney, who had been on the 60-day DL, relief pitcher Eduardo Sanchez (AAA-Iowa) was designated for assignment.
Cabrera is no stranger to Wrigley pitching in 25 games in relief last season after an Aug. 1 call-up. He made his MLB debut against the Pirates tossing a scoreless inning with two strikeouts. He finished the year 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA throwing 21.2 innings with 27 strikeouts and 18 BB. Cabrera's fastball sits in the low 90s and he throws a hard slider at 85-87. He's developed a new change-up this season.
Cabrera established himself as one of the top arms in the Southern League this year making 18 starts (9-3 3.20) and led the league in strikeouts (107) when he was promoted to AAA Iowa on July 18. Working strictly out of the bullpen in Iowa, Cabrera has struggled in his 15 games allowing 26 hits, including four homers. He was 1-3 with a 7.08 ERA pitching 20.1 innings with a BAA of .321.
Sweeney hasn't played in a game since he crashed into a wall in Seattle on June 29 and fractured a rib after hitting .295/.342/.527 with 4 HR in 44 games. He played four games in Mesa and one in Kane County as part of his rehab, before getting the start in centerfield today at Wrigley against the Phillies. Sweeney went 1-3 with a RBI and a walk in the 7-1 win.
Valbuena headed to the disabled list on Aug. 4 with a right oblique strain after platooning with Cody Ransom at the hot corner. Valbuena is hitting .225/.330/.372 with nine homers and 31 RBI in 89 games. He played in two games in Mesa and one in Kane County for his rehab. He pinch hit on Sunday with the bases loaded and walked.
Its the second time this season the Cubs have designated Sanchez for assignment as the right-hander, now pitching in Iowa, cleared waivers back in early June. He appeared in five games for the Cubs (6.1 IP, 5H, 4R, 5BB, 5K) and pitched in 24 games for Iowa (30.1 IP, 21 H, 12 R, 19 BB, 28K)