Orlando Cabrera was forced to leave Game 2 of the NLDS against the Phillies last night after aggravating a sore muscle in his left side in the fourth inning.
Cabrera was in noticeable pain after having to make a jump throw at second base to avoid a slide by Jayson Werth on a double play ball. It’s the same injury that limited him to just 38 games during the second half of the regular season.
Still, the veteran shortstop told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com that he hopes to play when the team returns home for Game 3 on Sunday.
“I saw the doctor and he said it didn’t look that bad,” Cabrera said.
“We’ll see tomorrow how I feel. I think I will be able to play on
Paul Janish will continue to fill in at shortstop if Cabrera is unable to go.
The Phillies and Red Sox appear intent on pursuing free agent first baseman Carlos Santana, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports. Santana rejected a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Indians on Thursday and is expected to draw widespread interest on the market this winter. The Mets, Mariners, Angels and Indians could make a play for the infielder, though no serious offers have been made this early in the offseason.
Santana, 31, is coming off of a seven-year track with the Indians. He batted .259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs and 3.0 fWAR last season, making 2017 the fourth-most valuable year of his career to date. Although he was primarily stationed at first base over the last year, he could step back into a hybrid first base/DH role with the Red Sox, who are hurting for infield depth with Hanley Ramirez still working his way back from shoulder surgery.
As for Santana’s other suitors, the Mariners are far less likely to pursue a deal after trading for Ryon Healy last Wednesday. Neither the Mets nor the Phillies have a DH spot to offer the veteran infielder, and the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins appears to be blocking the way at first base. Then again, Santana may not find a more enticing offer outside of Cleveland, where Edwin Encarnacion might otherwise be the club’s best option at first base. During the GM meetings, Indians’ GM Mike Chernoff said he “love to have both [Santana and Jay Bruce] back” in 2018, but hasn’t backed up that love with any contract talks just yet.