Mets’ shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera sustained a left thumb injury after making an unsuccessful diving attempt in the third inning of the Mets-Marlins game on Saturday. Marcell Ozuna ripped a line drive up the middle, narrowly missing Cabrera’s diving attempt for a base hit in left field. Cabrera appeared to jam his hand into the ground during the play and stayed down on the field for several minutes. He was in considerable pain as Mets’ staff members attended to him, but was ultimately able to leave the game under his own power.
Initial X-rays returned negative results, though the full extent of the infielder’s injury won’t be revealed until he undergoes an MRI on Sunday. If there’s any ligament damage, Cabrera could see a stint on the disabled list, which MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo believes could in turn clear a roster spot for hot-hitting infield prospect Amed Rosario. In a pinch, the Mets moved Jose Reyes to Cabrera’s spot on Saturday and inserted Wilmer Flores at third base.
Prior to the incident, Cabrera went 1-for-2 with an RBI double against Marlins’ right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne.
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen gave up three runs in the top of the ninth inning during Sunday’s game against the Braves, blowing his first save since August 26 last season. He had converted 34 consecutive saves.
Jansen yielded back-to-back singles to lead off the ninth inning, staked to a 4-1 lead. After getting two outs, Matt Adams hit a three-run home run down the right field line to knot the game at four apiece.
After Sunday’s lackluster performance, Jansen is now 24-for-25 in save chances this season with a 1.49 ERA and a 62/2 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings.
Orioles closer Zach Britton finished Sunday’s 9-7 victory over the Astros with a scoreless ninth inning, earning his sixth save of the season. He has now earned the save in 55 consecutive opportunities dating back to September 2015, setting a new American League record. Tom Gordon previously held the record with 54 consecutive saves. Eric Gagne holds the major league record at 84.
Britton’s last blown save came on September 20, 2015, then converted two more saves before the end of the regular season. He went 47-for-47 in save chances last season and is six-for-six so far this year.
Along with his six saves, Britton has a 2.65 ERA and a 13/8 K/BB ratio in 17 innings this season. The lefty came off the disabled list earlier this month after missing two months with a strained left forearm.