The Mets have finally placed shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera on the 10-day disabled list. The switch-hitting ceremonial helmet remover and all-around likable player, who helped carry the Mets through the 2016 season, had dealt with a hamstring issue and then injured his thumb.
True to Mets form, Cabrera rested briefly and then returned to the team’s starting lineup before aggravating the injury on a swing the other day. While he wasn’t quite his 2016 self, he held up pretty decently given the circumstances. In 127 plate appearances, he hit .257/.339/.381 with three home runs, good for a respectable 98 wRC+.
For now, Cabrera’s roster spot will be taken by relief pitcher Neil Ramirez, who the Mets signed earlier today. And at least in the short term, Jose Reyes will play shortstop on an everyday basis in Cabrera’s place, with T.J. Rivera and Wilmer Flores playing third base. If Reyes continues to struggle, though, the calls for the Mets to promote Amed Rosario will only grow louder.