Asdrubal Cabrera's production last season at shortstop would be considered excellent in most years. But Cabrera's solid 2016 got lost in the shuffle with so many young, flashy up-and-comers manning the position. On the other hand, if Cabrera can match or even approach last season's production, he's a great consolation prize for those opting to fade middle infield. Can he do it? Almost all of Cabrera's underlying metrics were in line with historical levels. The primary driving force for the power surge was a 14 percent HR/FB, the highest of his career, well above his nine percent average. This was supported by a big leap in hard-hit rate, checking in at 37 percent, above his 30 percent career norm. Chances are Cabrera will drop below twenty homers though he has eclipsed the mark twice in six years so it's not certain.
Cabrera (knee) will not need to undergo surgery to address a strained patellar tendon, Adam Rubin of ESPN.com reports. Cabrera was slowed at the end of the year by the knee ailment -- though it didn't force him to miss any significant playing time -- and went for an evaluation Monday to determine how to proceed. The shortstop will apparently be able to avoid going under the knife and has elected to attempt to rehab over the offseason in an attempt to get back to full health in time for the start of spring training.
Cabrera will visit doctors in the offseason to discuss options for his injured left knee, Marc Carig of Newsday reports. Cabrera played through the issue this season but will get a second look at it now that the Mets' season has come to a close. The veteran shortstop managed to improve his numbers from the past few seasons in 2016, posting a .280/.336/.474 batting line with 23 home runs (second-highest total), 62 RBI and five stolen bases. He remains under contract with New York through 2018 and will look to be healthy when spring training rolls around in March.
Cabrera went 2-for-5 with a grand slam, his 23rd home run of the season, in Sunday's 17-0 rout of the Phillies. It was his third homer in the last five games, and Cabrera's knee won't be an issue if all he needs to do is keep trotting around the bases. The shortstop's now slashing .337/.409/.651 through 82 at-bats in September with six home runs, 15 RBI and 16 runs scored, helping to fuel the Mets' wild card push.
Cabrera (knee) is starting at shortstop and hitting second Saturday against the Phillies. He left Friday's game after fouling a ball off his right knee area but continues to demonstrate his toughness as the season winds to a close and the Mets keep chasing a Wild Card spot. Cabrera may not be 100 percent healthy, but he's been so hot at the plate lately (.342/.419/.645 in September) that he should be deployed as usual.
Cabrera exited Friday's game against the Phillies with an apparent injury to his leg, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. Cabrera fouled a ball off his leg in the fifth inning, but he didn't actually leave the game until two innings later, presumably as a result of the errant foul ball. If the injury amounts to something serious, Matt Reynolds or Gavin Cecchini could see unexpected time at short, that is if the Mets intend to leave Jose Reyes at third.