The Mets jumped out to a lead this afternoon against the Rockies as Neil Walker tripled off the bottom of the right field fence to score Asdrubal Cabrera, but Cabrera hurt his left leg as he rounded third base and scored. He had to be helped off the field and into the clubhouse. The Mets said that Cabrera has a strained patella tendon in his left knee.
Cabrera is the latest member of the 2016 Mets to get injured. Signed to a two-year deal over the offseason, Cabrera has hit .255/.308/.410 with 13 home runs and a 95 wRC+. He’s played steady defense at short, even if his hasn’t had great range for the position.
If Cabrera misses significant time, the Mets don’t have an ideal solution on the roster. Wilmer Flores, who took over for Cabrera at short in today’s game, played the position regularly last year and could get a shot to do so again. Gavin Cecchini has hit well for Triple-A Las Vegas but struggled mightily with throwing errors, while Matt Reynolds, who spent some time with the Mets this season, isn’t primarily a shortstop.