Melky, Jenkins undergo successful surgeries

Left fielder and right-hander have broken bones in their right hands repaired

Melky, Jenkins undergo successful surgeries

TORONTO -- Left fielder Melky Cabrera and right-hander Chad Jenkins underwent successful surgeries on Monday morning to repair broken bones in their right hands.

Cabrera fractured his pinkie finger while sliding into first base during Saturday night's game against the Red Sox. Two days earlier, Jenkins fractured his fifth metacarpal while shagging balls during batting practice in Tampa Bay.

Both players will miss the rest of the regular season but are expected to make a full recovery. The rehab schedule for each player is supposed to be completed well before the preparations for next year's Spring Training are set to begin in December.

Cabrera was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday, with the move retroactive to Sept. 6. The transaction is simply for record-keeping purposes as the league typically encourages teams to document all of their injuries even after rosters expand on Sept. 1.

The 30-year-old Cabrera is set to hit free agency at the end of the season. He is coming off a two-year deal worth $16 million and is a strong candidate to receive a qualifying offer at the end of the year worth approximately $15 million. The qualifying offer would require another organization to part with its first-round Draft pick in order to sign Cabrera.

Toronto also could opt to sign Cabrera to a multi-year contract. In the immediate aftermath of Saturday night's injury, Cabrera was at least publicly saying all of the right things about wanting to remain with his current team.

"I love the city of Toronto, I have great teammates, a great club," Cabrera said. "This was the club that gave me the opportunity after I got in trouble a few years ago [with a 50-game PED suspension] and I want to stay."

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.