Cabrera injured his knee during Thursday’s game
Mets shortstop Asrdubal Cabrera will be out for roughly two weeks due to a strained patellar tendon in his right knee, the team announced.
Cabrera, who is getting a platelet-rich plasma injection in the knee on Friday, will return to action as tolerated once the two weeks are up.
Cabrera suffered the injury during Thursday’s game while tagging up at first base and going to second. A few minutes after, with Cabrera in pain, he was taken out of the game.
He said afterwards that he didn’t believe the injury was serious, received an MRI, and was then dispatched to New York.
With Cabrera idle for the next two weeks, it would mean a return to action for him — at the earliest — with just nine days to go until Opening Night.
While it’s not out of the question that Cabrera could be ready for Opening Night, it’s fair to think the Mets will err on the side of caution and bring him along slowly.
If Cabrera isn’t ready right out of the gate, the Mets will likely use Wilmer Flores as the starting shortstop.
The Mets have entertained the idea of trading Tejada, which they really should do, but with Matt Reynolds dealing with a tight hamstring and Cabrera now down, perhaps it would be best to wait until the end of Spring Training to deal Tejada.
Most of the beat writers have suggested that Cabrera’s injury will cement Tejada’s spot on the Mets’ 25-man roster, and that may turn out to be true, but if Reynolds returns to action soon, the Mets should still look to move Tejada — Cabrera’s injury notwithstanding.
Behind Flores and Reynolds, the Mets also have Gavin Cecchini, who is expected to open the season with Triple-A Las Vegas but who could be ready for the majors around midseason.