The thumb injury Asdrubal Cabrera suffered in the third inning of the Mets’ 11-3 win over the Marlins on Saturday night looked pretty bad. Depending on the outcome of an exam on Sunday, the shortstop could become the latest Met to go on the disabled list — and general manager Sandy Alderson said that could open the door for the call-up of the organization’s top prospect, Amed Rosario.
Cabrera dived to his right in an attempt to backhand Marcell Ozuna’s grounder and his glove caught the turf as he slid, twisting his thumb back awkwardly. He writhed in pain on the outfield grass while holding his thumb for more than a minute and was tended to by the team’s medical staff before being taken out of the game.
The team announced that X-rays showed no broken bones, but Cabrera will have an MRI exam on Sunday.
“I was right at the dugout last year when he came across home plate and hurt his knee and I didn’t see him [being] in as much pain as he was today,” manager Terry Collins said. “I don’t know how bad it is, but he’s certainly hurting . . . He was in quite a bit of pain.”
Alderson was in the Ch. 11 broadcast booth when the injury occurred and was asked about the Rosario possibility. “If we have a need at this point in the season, would we consider it? Yes,” he replied.
After going 0-for-5 Saturday night in Albuquerque, Rosario, 21, is batting .364 with 15 RBIs and seven stolen bases in 29 games for Triple-A Las Vegas.
Collins believes that Rosario is capable of handling the shortstop responsibilities.
“When you get here, it’s nice to be put in a situation where there’s expectations . . . You don’t get caught up in ‘it doesn’t matter how I do.’ It does matter how you do. It always will,” Collins said. “We have a clubhouse that’s tremendous and will help you get through a tough time and a tough game, teach you how to deal with stuff . . . You bring a young player up and I think it’s great there’s intenseness to the games. You’ve got to be ready to play every day at this level. I don’t know if he’s coming, but this would be a good place to come to right now.”