Cabral was examined by Dr. Daniel Murphy and received an X-ray, MRI and CT scan. His elbow was placed in a splint. No treatment plan has been formulated at this point, but he will open the season on the disabled list.
"It's frustrating because he had had a really good camp (1.59 ERA) for us," Girardi said.
While the manager remained noncommittal, that appears to open the door for Clay Rapada to make the team as the second lefty reliever along with Boone Logan. He gave up a home run in one-third of an inning Saturday, but still has an 0.93 ERA this spring.
Meanwhile, since keeping the odd man out in the competition for the final rotation spot as a long man is no longer an option, that leaves David Phelps, D.J. Mitchell and Adam Warren, who started Saturday against the Astros at Osceola County Stadium, as the candidates for that role.
"We felt it was important to keep them in camp for a long time so they'd be built up for their season, and they are. And they're built up to be long men as well," Girardi explained.
Warren, who had a 1.93 Grapefruit League ERA coming into Saturday, gave up six runs on 10 hits, including two home runs, in his 5 2/3 innings Saturday. He didn't walk a batter, struck out three and threw 84 pitches, 49 for strikes.
"I thought he threw the ball better than the numbers indicated," Girardi said. "It was a windy day, it's an extremely fast infield here. Not a great day to be a pitcher."