Asdrubal Cabrera is expected to return to the New York Mets lineup tonight after leaving Sunday’s game with a tight left hamstring.
Cabrera, 32, left Sunday night’s Subway Series finale at Citi Field with a tight left hamstring and was examined by team doctors on Monday. General Manager Sandy Alderson addressed that, among a bevy of other topics during a press conference.
The 28-34 Mets open a three-city ten-game road trip with a two-game series against the first-place Braves who are 37-28.
Cabrera has been one of the few the bright spots for the Mets among a torrent of injuries and struggles in 2018. After demanding a trade last year, Cabrera, in his third year as a Met, had his option picked up and moved to second base this season.
He has been the Mets most consistent hitter. In 61 games and 254 at-bats he has a .283/.323/.498 slash line with 11 home runs and 36 RBI.
Cabrera originally signed with the Mets to play shortstop but moved to third base last year to accommodate Amed Rosario. This year he has found a permanent home at the keystone position. The switch hitting Cabrera has thrived, hitting both at the top and in the middle of the order.
The injury created a brief opportunity for the embattled Jose Reyes, who had a big hit after replacing Cabrera, but then committed a doulbe-error by missing second base on double play late in the game. Reyes is hitting just .141 in 43 games in 2018. Reyes’ roster spot remains in jeopardy, though Alderson said on Tuesday that there is no viable option to replace him.
Cabrera is hitting fourth for Mickey Callaway in tonight’s lineup.