Mets’ starting shortstop is currently dealing with thumb injury.
Asdrubal Cabrera has officially been placed on the 10-day disabled list, the Mets announced Tuesday. Cabrera missed the Mets’ series finale in Milwaukee. After the game, the starting shortstop confirmed he had a ligament tear in his thumb.
Cabrera originally sustained the injury ten days ago, but played through it. He now joins a long list of injured Mets that includes the two highest paid players on the team, three starting pitchers, and the team’s closer.
In 33 games this season, Cabrera’s slash line is .257/.339/.381. He hit three homers and drove in 14 runs before going on the shelf. The newest Met, Neil Ramirez will take his spot on the active roster in the corresponding move. That means the Mets are content at least for the moment with Jose Reyes taking over at short even though fans are clamoring for Amed Rosario.
So far, guys like Michael Conforto, Jay Bruce, and Rene Rivera have carried the offense about as well as you could ask in the absence of Yoenis Cespedes and now Cabrera. Neil Walker has also turned things around recently, collecting 19 hits in 13 games this month. One has to wonder how many blows this team can sustain at the plate though.
Cabrera has provided a steady veteran presence and was hitting in the two-hole in the order for the bulk of the year. His defensive numbers though have taken a hit this season. Cabrera’s fielding percentage is at .950, 36 points lower than last year. His defensive WAR is currently -0.6, which if that holds, would be the second lowest single season total of his 11-year career.
The Mets currently stand at 16-21, eight games back of the division leading Nationals. To make matters even worse they are on a five-game slide entering Tuesday’s game against Arizona.