Orioles release infielder Cabrera

Orioles release infielder Cabrera

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles announced on Saturday that they have released infielder Everth Cabrera.

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Baltimore signed Cabrera, who spent the first six years of his career with the Padres, to a one-year deal on Feb. 25. The middle infielder appeared in 29 games for the O's, mostly playing shortstop when J.J. Hardy missed the first month of the season with a shoulder injury. Cabrera hit .208/.250/.229 with two doubles, four RBIs and seven runs scored.

"He played some shortstop for us at a pretty good level until we got J.J. back," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "He's capable of swinging the bat better. He'll get an opportunity."

Cabrera did make a trip to the 15-day disabled list on May 7, but he returned to the lineup on May 22. He was designated for assignment on June 5, when the Orioles made six roster moves, including calling up infielder Rey Navarro.

"You don't go down that road that we went with him last week if you don't feel good about your replacements," Showalter said.

Connor Smolensky is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.