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Cabrera Promoted

By sstorm Published: July 29, 2007

After going 2-for-4 with three RBI and a pair of runs scored in the Aeros 6-3 win over Altoona Sunday afternoon, shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was promoted to Triple-A Buffalo.

Ironically, Cabrera started at second base Sunday for the first time all season, fueling immediate talk that it was likely his last game for the Aeros.

Sure enough, the sudden position switch after he'd played 95 games at short signaled preparation had begun to advance Cabrera to the next level - where he's expected to split time with veteran Luis Rivas at both second base and shortstop. Aeros manager Tim Bogar even suggested Cabrera could see some time at third base.

"He plays everywhere in Winter Ball, so he can play anywhere (at Buffalo),'' Bogar said. "Selfishly, you don't want to see him go because he is such a great player and a big part of our offense. Guys respect him and watch how hard he works. But development-wise,
he's ready.''

Arguably the team's first-half MVP, Cabrera batted .310 (114-for-368) with 78 runs scored, 54 RBI, 23 doubles and stolen bases and eight home runs for the Aeros this season.

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