NEW YORK -- One day after departing a game in severe pain due to a thumb injury, Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera learned that he has avoided the worst. An MRI taken Sunday morning revealed no ligament damage, just a sprained left thumb for Cabrera. The Mets consider their starting shortstop day to day.
"The good news is he doesn't have any tear," manager Terry Collins said. "He's still got a pretty jammed-up thumb. He was pretty sore still today. I don't know what we're going to do just yet, but at least there's no tear, therefore no surgery is going to be needed, which is very, very good."
Cabrera left Saturday's game in the third inning after landing awkwardly on his left thumb. He stayed on the ground for several moments, his face twisted in pain, before walking off alongside trainers. But X-rays taken that night were negative.
The Mets did not place Cabrera on the disabled list, opting to play Sunday's finale -- a 7-0 loss to the Marlins -- shorthanded. And they may not make a roster move at all. Given the positive news of Cabrera's diagnosis, a source said Sunday that the club is no longer considering a promotion for top prospect Amed Rosario, who recorded hits in each of his first three at-bats Sunday for Triple-A Las Vegas. If the Mets do decide to place Cabrera on the DL, Gavin Cecchini is the Met most likely ticketed for promotion.
Cabrera, 31, is batting .260 with three home runs and four doubles in 28 games. In his absence on Sunday, Jose Reyes started at shortstop, with Wilmer Flores manning third. That figures to remain the Mets' alignment until Cabrera is ready to return.
Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.