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 Yankees signed Adam Lind to a minor league deal this past offseason. Then they released him during spring training. Now they have signed him to another minor league deal. He’ll report to extended spring training where he’ll now try not to get extended released.
Lind is a platoon guy with little defensive value, but he hit .303/.362/.513 with 14 home runs and 59 RBI in 301 plate appearances for the Nationals last season, serving as a pinch-hitter and backup first baseman and outfielder. The injury to Greg Bird and the impending suspension of Tyler Austin — he’s currently on appeal — will likely give him at least some opportunity to show that he’s still a big leaguer.
Which, yeah, he probably still is. Or at least would be if teams didn’t have 13 and 14-man pitching staffs and actually had room for a couple of bench position players. Such is not the current game of baseball, however.