The Mets announced on Tuesday that shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained left thumb. Utilityman T.J. Rivera has been recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Cabrera, 31, spent about two weeks on the disabled list last month with a thumb injury and apparently it’s still bothering him. He managed to swat a pair of solo home runs during Monday’s win against the Cubs, however. He returns to the DL batting .244/.321/.392 with six homers and 20 RBI in 196 plate appearances.
Jose Reyes will shift over to shortstop while Cabrera is out. The Mets again declined to promote prospect Amed Rosario.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.
This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.
Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.