Angel Pagan actually had a stress fracture in his rib cage

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Just when you thought the whole Mets misdiagnosing injury thing was in the rear-view mirror, here’s this.

According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, Angel Pagan said earlier today that an MRI a little over two weeks ago revealed a stress fracture in his rib cage.

Pagan, who made his return to the Mets’ lineup tonight, was initially placed on the disabled list with a strained left oblique on April 22. He was shut down from a rehab assignment earlier this month with something the Mets called “point tenderness.” I’m not sure what that means exactly, but I can only assume that Pagan doesn’t enjoy people pointing and laughing at him.

Anyway, Pagan just laced a single in his first at-bat tonight against the Phillies, so the actual diagnosis probably doesn’t matter all that much as long as he’s healthy and back on the field.

Indians sign Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal

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The Indians have signed free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal. The pact is pending a physical.

Cabrera, 33, went unsigned this past offseason after putting up a season of .285/.324/.423 with 17 homers and 85 RBI with the White Sox and the Royals.

Cabrera will report to Columbus once he passes his physical and, according to Paul Hoynes, there are no guarantees being made to him that he’ll get playing time. That said, the Indians aren’t getting much outfield production from anyone besides Michael Brantley, and Cabrera’s status as a switch hitter would give Terry Francona some flexibility, so it would not be shocking to see him on the big club after some reps in the minors.