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Mets to decide whether or not to DL Asdrubal Cabrera on Tuesday

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Update: Per Newsday’s Marc Carig, Mets assistant GM John Ricco said that the team will make a decision on Cabrera on Tuesday. Ricco mentioned that infield prospect Amed Rosario needs more time in the minors, so he likely won’t be promoted if Cabrera goes on the DL. Ricco is also saying Cabrera doesn’t have a torn ligament in his thumb, which contradicts previous reports.

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The Mets’ recalcitrance to the 10-day disabled list has struck them yet again. Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera sustained a thumb injury on May 6 attempting to make a diving play. Both he and the Mets felt he could play through the injury. He made his first start since the injury on Friday and reaggravated the injury on Saturday, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports. Cabrera said he now has a torn ligament in this thumb.

Cabrera still hasn’t been placed on the disabled list, but he’ll talk with the Mets on Monday to see how it feels. He told Ackert that his thumb is still sore, but he’d like to try to play through it if possible.

Cabrera, 31, is hitting .257/.339/.381 with three home runs and 14 RBI in 127 plate appearances this season. Jose Reyes has been handling shortstop while Wilmer Flores and T.J. Rivera have filled in at third base while Cabrera has been absent. That figures to be the case should Cabrera wind up on the DL.

Padres, Mariners join list of teams to extend netting

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The Reds announced earlier that they plan to extend the protective netting at Great American Ball Park in time for Opening Day next season. You can add the Padres and Mariners to what will surely be a growing list.

A young fan was struck in the face by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, which gave new life to the netting debate. Some fans and media types think Major League Baseball is not doing enough to protect fans. While Major League Baseball has issued guidelines for protective netting, it is ultimately up to the teams to decide just how much netting to use.

Zach Britton receives stem cell injection, likely done for the season

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Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season.

The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton.

Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this offseason.