Cabrera remained in the mix for the starting third base spot when spring training was suspended.
The veteran infielder was seen as the insurance policy at the hot corner in case top prospect Carter Kieboom needed more development time in the minors, but that appeared to be the case when MLB went on hiatus, as Kieboom was struggling both at the plate -- hitting .233 with nine strikeouts in 30 at-bats -- and with his defense after moving over from shortstop. Cabrera wasn't doing any better offensively in camp, going 3-for-22 (.136) without an extra-base hit, but his 13-season track record in the majors and .969 OPS in 38 games for the Nats at the end of last season carry a lot more weight.
Cabrera signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Nationals on Saturday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Cabrera played in 93 games with the Rangers last season before being released in August. The 34-year-old turned things around with Washington over the final weeks of the season, hitting .323/.404/.565 with six home runs and 40 RBI over 38 games. While Cabrera was effective with the Nationals last year, he'll likely battle for playing time at second base with Starlin Castro in 2020, but he could see increased action at third base following Anthony Rendon's departure if top prospect Carter Kieboom isn't ready to handle a starting role in the majors.
Cabrera is not in the lineup for Game 2 of the NLCS against the Cardinals on Saturday.
Cabrera will sit for the second straight game after going 1-for-9 in the NLDS. Howie Kendrick is starting at second base, with Ryan Zimmerman at first.
Cabrera is not in the lineup for Game 1 of the NLCS against the Cardinals on Friday.
Howie Kendrick starts at second base, with Ryan Zimmerman at first. Cabrera went just 1-for-9 in the NLDS.
Cabrera remains on the bench Monday against the Dodgers.
Cabrera sits for the third straight game. He's gone 1-for-8 in the postseason thus far and owns a career .197/.222/.289 mark in 21 playoff games. Howie Kendrick slides to second base in his absence, with Ryan Zimmerman starting at first.
Cabrera is out of the lineup Sunday for Game 3 of the Nationals' series with the Dodgers, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Cabrera will sit for the second straight game of the series, this time ceding second base to Brian Dozier after Howie Kendrick handled the keystone in Friday's 4-2 win. With Victor Robles (hamstring) also on the bench and uncertain to be available, Cabrera might represent the Nationals' top pinch-hitting option.
Cabrera will take a seat for Game 2 of the NLDS on Friday against the Dodgers, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
Cabrera went 0-for-3 in Game 1, so he'll retreat to the bench Friday. Howie Kendrick draws the start at the keystone and will bat fifth.
Cabrera is not in Sunday's lineup against the Indians.
He is hitting .370 with two home runs over his last 10 games. Brian Dozier will man second base while hitting seventh.
Cabrera is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Indians.
Cabrera started the last three games and will head to the bench after going 4-for-8 with five runs scored, two RBI, a home run and three walks over that stretch. Howie Kendrick will cover the keystone while Matt Adams starts at first base.
Cabrera went 2-for-2 with a solo home run, two RBI, a double, a walk and another run scored in Thursday's win over the Phillies.
Cabrera cracked open the scoring with a sacrifice fly RBI in the first inning. He then walked in the third, doubled and scored in the fifth, and the veteran finished off his successful night at the plate with a 393-foot homer in the seventh. In 36 games with the Nationals this season, Cabrera is slashing a solid .317/.397/.558. He has 18 home runs overall with 24 doubles.
Cabrera will sit for the first half of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Phillies.
Cabrera returned from a brief absence with a sore ankle Monday but won't be asked to start both games Tuesday. Brian Dozier starts at second base in his absence.
Cabrera (ankle) is back in the lineup Monday against the Phillies.
Cabrera left Saturday's game against the Marlins with a sore ankle. He was able to appear off the bench Sunday and will feature from the start of Monday's contest, batting sixth and playing second base.
Cabrera (ankle) is not in the lineup Sunday but could be available off the bench, according to Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports.
While Cabrera will not start Sunday, manager Dave Martinez does not believe his injury is serious enough to sideline him entirely. Assuming that's the case, Cabrera could return to the lineup as soon as Monday.
Cabrera (ankle) is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Marlins.
Cabrera left Saturday's game with a sore ankle, and the injury will prevent him from starting at least one game. Brian Dozier will enter the lineup at second base in Cabrera's place.
Cabrera (ankle) exited Saturday's contest with right ankle soreness, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Cabrera reportedly suffered the injury in the fourth inning when he slid into home plate trying to beat a tag. However, he remained in the game until the eighth frame, when Michael Taylor ran for him. The extent of the injury is unclear at this point, though Cabrera will be reevaluated Sunday.
Cabrera is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Braves.
Cabrera started the last three games and went 2-for-11 with a triple and two RBI, but he'll take a seat Sunday with southpaw Max Fried on the mound for the Braves. Brian Dozier will start at the keystone and bat sixth in the series finale.
Cabrera is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Twins.
He heads to the bench against lefty Martin Perez. Cabrera is 9-for-23 (.391) with two home runs in six games this month. Brian Dozier gets the start at second base and will hit seventh.
Cabrera is not in Friday's lineup against the Braves.
He had started three straight games before sitting for a second game in a row. Both of his off days have come against southpaws, so it seems like Cabrera is occupying the strong side of a second base platoon. Howie Kendrick will start at the keystone and hit second.
Cabrera is not in the lineup Thursday against the Braves.
Cabrera will head to the bench for Thursday's series opener after starting the past three games at the keystone and going 4-for-12 with a double, a home run and four RBI. Brian Dozier is starting at second base in his place in this one.
Cabrera will start at second base and bat second Wednesday against the Mets, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
The hot-hitting Cabrera appears to have unseated Brian Dozier as the Nationals' primary option at the keystone, as he'll man the position for the third straight game and make his seventh start in the last nine games. Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a walk, double and two runs in Tuesday's 11-10 comeback win, boosting his slash line to .328/.405/.578 since signing with the Nationals in early August. Expect manager Dave Martinez to lean heavily on Cabrera until his bat cools off.
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