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Mets finally place Asdrubal Cabrera on disabled list

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Asdrubal Cabrera injured himself ten days ago. He’s tried to play through it, but yesterday it was revealed he tore a ligament in his thumb. Today, finally, the club has placed him on the DL.

Better late than never? I dunno, but either way, this is just the latest example of the Mets’ seeming Disabled-List-a-Phobia. For whatever reason they’ve run out hurt guys and/or played shorthanded on a regular basis, while almost every other team has used the DL more often thanks to its new, shorter, ten-day format.

As for Cabrera, he’s hitting .257/.339/.381 with three home runs and 14 RBI in 127 plate appearances this season. And now, it seems, he’ll be out a long time. That’s bad, but at least now someone can now take his place on the roster.

The Red Sox are calling up Rafael Devers

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Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are calling up third base prospect Rafael Devers. He’ll be in Seattle for the start of the three-game set between the Sox and Mariners.

Devers, 20, is the top prospect in the Boston system according to MLB Pipeline. He has spent most of his season with Double-A Portland, where he hit .300/.369/.575 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI in 320 plate appearances. He was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket after the All-Star break. In eight games with Pawtucket, Devers hit .355/.412/.581 with two home runs and four RBI.

There is still just over a week until the non-waiver trade deadline, but perhaps the Red Sox seem confident Devers can be the answer to the third base problem.

Stephen Strasburg exited Sunday’s start with an apparent injury

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It’s not a good day if you’re a star starting pitcher. First Clayton Kershaw, now Stephen Strasburg. The Nationals’ right-hander lasted only two innings in Sunday’s start against the Diamondbacks, leaving with an apparent injury. Strasburg held the D-Backs to a hit and three walks with two strikeouts without allowing a run. Matt Grace relieved him in the third inning.

Including Strasburg’s two innings on Sunday, he’s carrying a 3.25 ERA with a 141/37 K/BB ratio in 121 2/3 innings.

The Nationals should pass along word on Strasburg’s condition shortly.