Mets manager Terry Collins said this morning that shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera should be available for Opening Day, according to Adam Rubin at ESPN. Cabrera strained the patella tendon in his left knee in a spring training game against the Cardinals last week, and was shut down for two weeks.
Collins said that Cabrera has been riding a bicycle—presumably of the stationary exercise variety. He received a Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injection in the knee last week.
Cabrera, 30, hit .265/.315/.430 in 551 plate appearances for the Tampa Bay Rays last year. His 2.2 fWAR ranked 10th among all shortstops in 2015. The Mets signed Cabrera to a two-year, $18.5 million contract with a team option back in December.
The Mets entered spring training with impressive infield depth, but with Cabrera's injury, the pool of available players is beginning to shrink. Shortstop Ruben Tejada was released yesterday after clearing waivers, while third baseman David Wright has been slow to join the team in order to keep his back problems in check. Should Cabrera not be healthy in time for April 3, Wilmer Flores will most likely start at shortstop, with prospect Matt Reynolds also potentially available.