Asdrubal leaves game with sore left knee

Asdrubal leaves game with sore left knee

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera left Thursday's game against the Cardinals with a sore left knee. He departed Tradition Field for an MRI during the game, a 7-2 win for the Mets, but didn't believe the injury was serious.

After singling off Jaime Garcia with one out in the first inning, Cabrera advanced to second base on a Yoenis Cespedes fly ball. In his attempt to avoid being hit by an errant throw, Cabrera tweaked something as he neared the bag, leaving the game following a brief discussion with members of the team's training staff.

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"I felt something in my knee," Cabrera said. "It's sore right now … [but] I'm walking fine. I don't think it's anything serious."

Cabrera, 30, signed a two-year, $18.5-million deal with the Mets over the winter, pushing Wilmer Flores into a backup role. If his health comes into question at any point this month, it could solidify the roster spot of Ruben Tejada, who might otherwise become trade bait. Flores profiles as the Mets' primary backup at all four infield positions, leaving Tejada -- who hit a two-run homer Thursday after replacing Cabrera in the lineup -- without much opportunity for playing time.

Cabrera leaves game

"That's what made us good last year is we had some depth," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "We've still got that depth. It's nice to have it, but we certainly hope to get Asdrubal back as soon as we can."

Cabrera is a lifetime .267 hitter during a nine-year career with the Indians, Nationals and Rays. He has averaged 17 home runs per year over the past five seasons.

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