Cabrera, ranked no. 8 on the list of Oakland's Top 20 prospects, said his back locked up during Spring Training and he was later diagnosed with a stress fracture in his spine. He has been rehabilitating his back in Phoenix and could be on his way to advanced Class A Stockton. There is an outside chance he will end up in Class A Burlington.
"I really don't know how it happened," Cabrera said. "It kind of came out of nowhere, but I'm fine. I just need a few more games and I'll be ready."
Selected in the second round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, Cabrera hit .231 with six home runs and 47 RBIs for Burlington last season. The organization could eventually move him to third base, but would prefer to keep him at shortstop as long as possible.
"[The injury] is not uncommon in athletes and there is no surgery required," A's director of player development Keith Lieppman said. "He just had to strengthen it and get some time off. It should not be an issue."