Asdrubal Cabrera has missed the past two games with a right wrist injury and manager Manny Acta said yesterday that the shortstop’s potential return timetable is “still up in the air.”
Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that Cabrera is hoping to return by the end of the Indians’ current road trip, which goes through Thursday, but adds that “there are no guarantees that will be the case.”
In the meantime he might be available off the bench, although Cabrera has been bothered by wrist pain for weeks now and has gone just 6-for-50 (.120) in his last 15 games.
Cabrera hasn’t been able to duplicate the power he showed in a breakout 2011 season, but has hit .267 with 14 homers and a .753 OPS in 128 games after totaling 18 homers in his first four seasons.
Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.
Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.
The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.
If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.