Mets Place Asdrubal Cabrera On Disabled List, Recall T.J. Rivera

After going 2-for-4 at the plate with two long balls on Monday, infielder Asdrubal Cabrera landed himself on the 10-day disabled list with a left thumb sprain prior to Tuesday’s matchup versus the Cubs.

In a corresponding move, the Mets have recalled infielder T.J. Rivera from Triple-A Las Vegas, the team announced on Twitter.

Earlier in the year, Cabrera was placed on the disabled list for the same injury, so his thumb must have flared up again at some point during the last several games.

Cabrera, 31, has not performed as well this year as he did for the Mets in 2016 (.244/.321/.392 compared to last year’s .280/.336/.474), but after hitting two home runs yesterday, there was hope that Cabrera could return to his 2016 form offensively.

Defensively Cabrera has not been the same either. Entering the game with 10 errors last night, Cabrera committed his 11th when a pop up dropped as he and Jose Reyes collided with one another. Later in the game Cabrera made a pair of solid plays, and that is when he may have hurt himself.

Rivera, 28, has appeared in 40 games for the Mets this season, hitting at a .255/.310/.402 clip in 114 at-bats, with two homers and 13 RBI.

Thoughts from Rob Piersall…

With the super two cutoff seemingly passed, the Mets no longer have an excuse for not calling up top prospect Amed Rosario.

Rosario, 21, is tearing things up at Triple-A Las Vegas, owning a .337/.379/.494 slash line with six home runs and 43 RBI in 62 games (277 plate appearances).

With Cabrera going down with injury, and Jose Reyes unable to get out of his own way, hitting a dismal .188/.261/.293 in 59 games and (somehow) still starting everyday, this injury should have paved the way for Rosario to get the call.

And that’s not a dig at T.J. Rivera, who has been a fine player for the Mets since making his debut in 2016, but more so a search for answers as to why both Rosario and Rivera aren’t up here and why Jose Reyes hasn’t been released.

Yes, Reyes has a history with the Mets, but this is his job and he isn’t cutting it. It should be about winning and fielding the best team, and I think Rosario has made every case to get a chance to play in the major leagues.