New York Mets veteran shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was included in the starting lineup of the team for their game against the Washington Nationals on at the Nationals Park Wednesday but was not able to play because of back spasms.
Terry Collins, the Mets manager, recounted the incident and said that Cabrera was already in the official line up and the first batter was already in the batter box when Cabrera suddenly felt the back spasm while he was stretching in the dugout.
Cabrera, who has improved the team’s offense and is a two-year, $18.5 million deal with the Mets, reassured the crowd that he will be fine by flashing a thumb up sign.
Collins was, however, not sure about Cabrera’s situation, and is hoping the shortstop will be fine for the Mets’ game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday.
Cabrera was replaced by Matt Reynolds, who was able to make his first major league hit in the fifth inning, and was able to score a run in the seventh inning.
Besides Cabrera, several other Mets players also have a back problem. First baseman Lucas Duda has been recently included on the team’s disabled list after being diagnosed with a stress fracture in his lower back. Duda was also included on the team’s disabled list last August 2015 for his back injury that occurred on his sixth-inning at-bat during the Mets’ game against the Rockies.
David Wright, third baseman for the team, is still recovering from his spinal stenosis.
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