Update: Cabrera has been placed on the DL.
The New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera has torn a ligament in his left thumb, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports. The injury caused him to sit out Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers.
“[The injury] can be treated without surgery if the thumb is stable and would require four to six weeks to heal,” the Fantasy Doctor’s orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Selene Parekh, said. “If the thumb is unstable, it would require surgery to repair. In that case, it would be 10 to 12 weeks before he returns to play.”
Add another player to the Mets long list of players on the disabled list. Cabrera was .257 with three home runs and 14 RBI as the team’s starting shortstop this season. As a low-end option at shortstop, he can safely be dropped in most fantasy leagues. But when he returns he will likely once again resurface as a lower-end option.
The injury has promptly sparked speculation across the baseball world that the Mets are planning to call up top-prospect Amed Rosario. The shortstop hit .324 with five home runs, 71 RBI and 19 stolen bases as he ascended through the Mets farm system in 2016. Rosario is following up his breakout season by batting .359 with two home runs, 22 RBI and seven stolen bases in his first 36 games of 2017. He is knocking on the Met’s door and it may have just been cracked out with Cabrera going down.
Rosario would immediately be worth owning in 12-14 team leagues as a good average hitter with plus speed. He has the tools to be the team’s leadoff hitter in the future, which would allow manager Terry Collins to move Michael Conforto to the middle of the lineup. However, Rosario will likely begin his time with the Mets, whenever he does receive the promotion, at the back of the lineup to allow him to earn his stripes.
While calling up the shiny young prospect is always the popular option, the decision has yet to be announced. The Mets could ultimately decide to make due with Jose Reyes and Matt Reynolds. If Reyes, who currently plays third base for the team, moves to shortstop, it would give more opportunities for TJ Rivera and Wilmer Flores to get playing time.
Rivera played a lot of first base in Lucas Duda’s absence, batting .306 in 72 at-bats. The injury will help keep his hot bat in the lineup with Duda having returned from the disabled list. He is worth a look in deeper leagues as long as he keeps getting at-bats.