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Cabral has a broken elbow

Cesar Cabral pitched a scoreless sixth inning Friday night and then left the mound in excruciating pain. Now we know why.

It turns out he pitched the inning with a broken elbow.

The Yankees just announced that after a battery of tests --an MRI, a CAT-scan and an X-ray -- it was determined that Cabral suffered a stress fracture of the olecranon, which is a fancy term for the bone at the tip of the elbow. The elbow was placed in a splint but no further treatment was announced. Needless to say, Cabral, like Michael Pineda, will begin the season on the 15-day disabled list but it is expected he will be out of action considerably longer.

Cabral, who had a 1.59 ERA in 10 appearances, appeared on the verge of being named to the roster as the second lefty in the Yankees' bullpen, a job that will now probably go to Clay Rapada, who has also had a good spring; he has yet to allow a run in 10 appearances (9-1/3 innings).