New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera exited on July 31 against the Colorado Rockies after suffering a strained left patellar tendon, per ESPN.com's Adam Rubin. He was placed on the disabled list on Tuesday.
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Cabrera Placed On DL
Tuesday, Aug. 2
The Mets announced Cabrera was placed on the 15-day DL, while Jay Bruce and Jon Niese were placed on the active roster.
Cabrera Key to Mets' Offense
Cabrera entered the game batting .255 with 13 home runs and 33 runs batted in. According to FanGraphs, his 0.9 WAR was tied for fourth on the team among position players.
The timing of the injury is especially bad since Jose Reyes is on the disabled list with a left intercostal strain. He isn't expected back until potentially Aug. 11. Whereas Reyes would've been the natural replacement for Cabrera, manager Terry Collins will likely look to Flores.
The bulk of Flores' season has come at the hot corner, but he played 103 games last year at shortstop, per Baseball-Reference.com.
Defensively, Cabrera's absence shouldn't create too many issues for the Mets. The problems will come offensively, as Johnson—who has three homers and six RBI—is unlikely to provide the same kind of power at the plate.