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.
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.
The Mariners announced that second baseman Robinson Cano has been activated from the disabled list in time for Tuesday’s game against the Nationals in Washington. Cano spent the minimum 10 days on the disabled list with a strained right quadriceps.
Taylor Motter got most of the playing time at second base while Cano was out. Mike Freeman did get a couple of starts there as well.
Cano resumes batting .296/.362/.533 with eight home runs and 28 RBI in 152 plate appearances on the season.
Anthony Gose played for five seasons as an outfielder in the big leagues. He never hit well enough to be a regular, and a series of altercations with his minor league managers and coaches didn’t do too much for his future either.
His fastball, however, may eventually make up for all of that.
Toward the end of spring training it was reported that Gose would begin work as a pitcher. Given that he was a highly regarded high school pitching prospect with a plus fastball, it wasn’t a crazy notion. When Tigers camp broke, Gose stayed in Lakeland in extended spring training, throwing bullpen sessions and stuff.
Now he’s seeing game action. As the Detroit Free Press reports, Gose threw an inning for the Class-A Lakeland Flying Tigers against the Palm Beach Cardinals last night. He allowed one run on one hit with one strikeout and one walk, lighting up the radar gun at 99 m.p.h. This is the tweet from Lakeland’s assistant general manager:
The Free Press says that the Tigers’ vice president of player development, Dave Littlefield, is “very optimistic” about Gose’s progress.
Given that he’s still only 26 and he’s a lefty it wouldn’t shock me at all if he makes his way back to the bigs someday soon.