Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera has been shut down for two weeks after an MRI revealed he has a strained patella tendon in his left knee, the Mets announced today. He will return to baseball activity after the two weeks are up, as tolerated based on the pain. He is traveling to New York today for a Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injection. Cabrera left yesterday's game against the Cardinals in the first inning after he appeared to injure himself tagging up on a fly ball. He left the game a batter later.
With Cabrera out, it opens the door for other shortstops to earn playing time during spring training, and possibly into the regular season if Cabrera isn't back by Opening Day. Ruben Tejada, who might have been on the outside of the 25-man roster looking in, now has a chance to prove he belongs in Kansas City on Opening Day. Wilmer Flores, who was likely to platoon with Neil Walker at second and earn some playing time at first and third, is likely to see some playing time at shortstop as well, as could Matt Reynolds.