Just one night after having arguably his best game of the season, Asdrubal Cabrera lands on the disabled list with a sprained left thumb.
The Mets announced the move on Tuesday afternoon prior to their second game against the Chicago Cubs. The club has recalled T.J. Rivera to take Cabrera’s place in the roster.
Back on May 6, Cabrera injured his thumb when he landed awkwardly on his hand. He’d play through the injury for around 10 days before needing to finally be placed on the disabled list on the 16th of the same month. He came back after that injury, but it looks like it’s bothering him again.
Cabrera’s had a really tough season so far in 2017, specially on the defensive side of the ball. It’s very possible his troubles on the field have had to do with this nagging injury and his efforts to just tough out.
In his place, T.J. Rivera will fill in for now. The Bronx native had been up with the club for most of the season before being sent to Las Vegas this past weekend to make room for the return of a few of the core guys. Rivera’s only hit .255 this season with two home runs and 13 runs batted in, but it’s obvious management is hoping he’ll pick it back up and produce more with more playing time.
Of course, with this latest injury to Cabrera, the calls for Amed Rosario to be brought up will now, once again, grow louder.
Rosario has been tearing up the minors hitting for average and decent power. His .337/.379/.494 line is naturally going to draw some admiration, specially from fans that have seen this Mets offense struggle. It’s obvious though that the front office wants to give Rosario more time to develop before bringing him up, so for now, there will be no Amed in Queens.