Cabrera set to miss start of season

New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera is likely to be sidelined for the start of the 2016 MLB season due to a knee injury.

Cabrera strained the patella tendon in his left knee when running from first to second base during his side’s 7-2 spring training win over the St Louis Cardinals on Thursday.

Cabrera, who signed a two-year, $18.5 million deal during the offseason, underwent an MRI scan on Thursday and subsequently travelled to New York on Friday to receive a platelet rich plasma injection.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson confirmed that Cabrera will be out of action for at least two weeks before resuming baseball activities. This means that Cabrera’s has almost no chance of being fully fit for the Mets’ clash with the Kansas City Royals on Opening Day on April 3.

“He may not be ready for opening day, and that’s one of the reasons we have the depth on our roster that we have now,” Alderson told reporters on Friday. “If he’s ready in three or four weeks, it’s essentially the first week of the season and we’ll be in pretty good shape.”