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Mets not expected to place Asdrubal Cabrera on the disabled list

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Last week, I pointed out the odd way in which the Mets have been handling their injured players following the reduction of the minimum stay on the disabled list from 15 days to 10 days. Unlike the rest of the league, the Mets continue to hem and haw with their injured players rather than utilizing the DL and more optimally utilizing their limited roster space.

The trend is continuing. Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera injured his left thumb attempting to make a diving play on Saturday. He didn’t play on Sunday, and the Mets had him test the thumb on Monday, leading them to believe a stint on the DL is unnecessary, per Zach Braziller of the New York Post. He won’t start for at least a few days but may be called on to pinch-hit. The Mets, apparently, believe that Cabrera isn’t at risk for exacerbating his thumb injury by swinging the bat at less than 100 percent.

Cabrera is hitting .260/.336/.385 with three home runs and 14 RBI in 116 plate appearances this season. While he’s out, at least on Monday, Jose Reyes will shift to shortstop and Wilmer Flores will play third base.

Wilson Ramos suffers head injury on Ruben Tejada’s backswing

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Rays catcher Wilson Ramos had to exit Monday night’s game against the Orioles in the fifth inning after suffering a head injury. Ruben Tejada broke his bat on a ground out and the barrel hit Ramos in his helmet. Rich Dubroff reports that Ramos needed six staples to close a laceration on his head.

Ramos will continue to be evaluated under MLB’s concussion protocol. He may wind up on the seven-day concussion disabled list.

Ramos, 29, entered Monday’s action batting .222/.259/.426 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 59 plate appearances. He was 0-for-2 before being replaced by Jesus Sucre.

Video: Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop turn a sweet 5-4-3 double play

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Orioles third baseman Manny Machado and second baseman Jonathan Schoop teamed up to turn an impressive 5-4-3 double play in the bottom of the first inning of Monday night’s game against the Rays.

Steven Souza, Jr. led off the frame with a single. Corey Dickerson struck out, bringing Evan Longoria to the dish. Longoria sharply grounded a 1-2 fastball from Kevin Gausman to Machado, who showcased his strong arm with a perfect feed to Schoop at the second base bag despite his momentum taking him towards into territory. Schoop made an off-balance throw to first to complete the twin-killing.

The Orioles took the lead in the top of the third when Adam Jones hit a solo home run off of Ian Snell.