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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.

Phillies option Hector Neris to Triple-A

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The Phillies announced that they’ve optioned right-hander Hector Neris to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Nerris, who saved 26 games as the Phillies closer in 2017 and ten games in that role this year, has struggled this year, posting a 6.00 ERA in 30 appearances. While his strikeout and walk rates aren’t too far off what he was doing last year his hit rate has spiked and he’s currently allowing 10.3 safeties per nine. The wheels have come off of late, as he has allowed nine runs on 15 hits — five of them homers — over his last eight innings of work. Yesterday he allowed four runs in the ninth inning of a game the Phillies had led by five.

It was clear that Gabe Kapler had lost faith in Neris as a result, using him almost exclusively in low-leverage situations. That changed on Saturday, as Kapler used him in a save situation and said after the game that they were easing him back into his role. That plan obviously changed after yesterday’s meltdown.

Seranthony Dominguez had been getting the call in save situations. He’ll get them more now.