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Latest on Cabrera's Timeline for Return
Thursday, March 24
Cabrera is scheduled to be in Sunday's Mets lineup, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, who added that the news "essentially means" the team expects him to be ready for the start of the regular season.
Cabrera Comments on Recovery
Thursday, March 17
"I think so, yes," Cabrera said, via the New York Daily News, when asked if he will be ready for Opening Day. "The knee feels good."
Cabrera Facing Tight Timetable for Opening Day
Friday, March 11
Marc Carig of Newsday passed along a statement from the club, which noted an MRI showed a strained patella tendon in Cabrera's left knee. He's returned to New York for a platelet-rich plasma injection and will then rest for a couple of weeks before trying to ramp up his spring training preparations again.
Cabrera Will Be Important Cog for Mets in 2016
The 30-year-old veteran signed with the Mets back in December. He's currently slated to serve as the team's starting shortstop, but the injury timeline could make it difficult for him to get ready in time for Opening Day.
Even if there are no issues during the initial phase of recovery, a two-week absence would leave him with only about one week to get back up to speed. Though it's possible he could make it work, everything would need to progress perfectly.
The Mets also want to make sure Cabrera is completely recovered before putting him into competitive games. He was just two for 12 with no extra-base hits during the early stages of spring training.
Wilmer Flores is a candidate to fill the void should Cabrera miss the start of the regular season, but Cabrera is a more stabilizing presence, and the Mets will be hoping to get him to full strength as soon as possible.
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