Mets GM Sandy Alderson said if all the signs are aligned, then yes, Amed Rosario could be brought up if shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera is placed on the disabled list with a thumb injury. Already slowed by hamstring and knee problems, Cabrera seemingly jammed his left thumb attempting to make a diving stop in the third inning of tonight’s 11-3 Mets’ rout of Miami at Citi Field.
CABRERA: Thumb injury shelves shortstop. (NY Daily News)
Alderson said X-Rays were negative and Cabrera will have an MRI Sunday.
Previously, Alderson said he didn’t want to elevate Rosario this early to maintain the leverage of keeping him away from arbitration and free agency for another year. However, Alderson insisted the Mets’ immediate on-field issues take precedent.
“If we have a need at this point in the season, would we consider it? Yes,” Alderson told SNY during a rain delay.
Rosario, the Mets’ highest-rated position player prospect, is hitting .381 with a .927 OPS at Triple-A Las Vegas. A downside of bringing up Rosario now, is that if Cabrera is able to play relatively soon, what would happen to the prospect? Certainly, they won’t sit Jose Reyes, who is sizzling, and they don’t want Rosario to sit in the majors.
“It is nice to be put in a situation where there are expectations,” manager Terry Collins told reporters of a possible promotion. “If he comes up here, he’ll need to play.”
Of course, with Cabrera out, it would enable Reyes – who isn’t thrilled at third base – to move back to shortstop and play Wilmer Flores at third base. Collins said that is the immediate plan without Rosario.
The Mets toyed with the idea of switching Cabrera and Reyes, but the former wasn’t agreeable to the idea.
While I am anxious to see Rosario like everybody else, knowing how the Mets to things, they won’t bring him up now, especially when they have options.
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