Just when Orlando Cabrera gets his 1,999th hit he learns that a rookie switch hiiting second baseman (Cord Phelps) has been called up from the minors and he will be taking a significant amount of playing time and at bats away from him against righthanded pitching. Cabrera was informed of the matter this morning by manager Manny Acta and then sure enough at today's day game against the Minnesota Twins Cabrera was idle on the bench and Phelps made his major league debut (0 for 4 with a strikeout).
The game can be heartless at times and it appears that Phelps may replace Cabrera as an everyday player eventually, but the timing of this move was pretty terrible. Perhaps having the youngster soak up some big league atmosphere om the bench today while Cabrera pursued his 2,000 hit might have been a wiser move. Also if Cabrera had succeeded in reaching the milestone today it would have re-enforced the thought in the mind of the rookie that Cabrera has had an excellent career and that he's a pretty good mentor to pattern yourself after and learn from.