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Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera says he actually has torn ligament in thumb

By JT. Teran
May 13, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) chases the ball after committing an error during the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
May 13, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) chases the ball after committing an error during the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports /
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Originally, the MRI showed no damage of Cabrera’s UCL, but now, the shortstop confirms there actually is a tear.

Asdrubal Cabrera missed Sunday’s series finale in Milwaukee after his injured right thumb acted up. After the game, Cabrera confirmed that he is doubtful for the start of the series in Arizona, and depending how his thumb feels on Monday, he could land on the disabled list.

Cabrera injured his right thumb on May 6 on a play in the hole between second and third base. He’d leave the game in extreme pain, so naturally Mets fans all over the country worried he’d be a lot for a long time.

The Mets would have Cabrera take an MRI to see the extent of the injury to his thumb. They would later say there was no damage to his UCL, but apparently that was not the case.

Cabrera told reporters on Sunday after the game that he was told there was a tear after getting the MRI results, but he wanted to play through it any way.

Not only is this weird because the Mets said the exact opposite, but also because playing through an injury is exactly what made Yoenis Cespedes and Noah Syndergaard land on the disabled list as well.

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At this point, the smart decision would be to DL Cabrera as soon as possible and call up Amed Rosario. There’s no sense in keeping Cabrera around if he’s not going to be able to play fully or if he’s going to be risking a worse injury by doing so.

Collins said before Sunday’s game that he’d be able to pinch-hit, so that’s a plus, but if there’s a tear, it might be best to be safe than sorry.

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