ST. PETERSBURG -- Consider this case closed. Baltimore manager Dave Trembley dealt with a disciplinary matter on Saturday, sanctioning reliever Fernando Cabrera for acting unprofessionally on the mound. Cabrera flipped the ball at Trembley after being removed from Friday's game, spurring a stare from the manager and a brief conversation in the clubhouse.
And that wasn't where it ended. Trembley elected not to suspend Cabrera, but he did decide to fine him.
"Cabrera was fined an undisclosed amount of money and was disciplined accordingly by me," Trembley said Saturday. "That's where we're at. I am satisfied that he recognized that what he did was inappropriate, and I accept his apology."
Cabrera realized that what he did was wrong almost immediately, and he admitted as much after the game. The right-hander, who is 2-1 with a 5.00 ERA in 21 appearances, chalked up the action to frustration. He had already given up two long home runs and was still seething from a popup that dropped safely, but he admitted that was no excuse.
"That was a bad action," Cabrera said Friday. "I apologized because I have respect for the game. It's not something I did because I felt good doing it or anything like that. It was frustration. I want to step up there. I want to throw my best, and I can't do it and the game's still that way. It's frustration, but I didn't mean to disrespect anybody. I made a mistake and I apologized for it."
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.