Mets place Asdrubal Cabrera, Justin Ruggiano on DL

ByAdam Rubin ESPN logo
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

NEW YORK -- The New York Mets placed shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera on the disabled list Tuesday amid a flurry of roster moves that followed an active trade deadline.

Cabrera and outfielder Justin Ruggiano landed on the DL, while outfielder Brandon Nimmo and right-hander Seth Lugo were demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas.

The Mets officially added newly acquired outfielder Jay Bruce and left-hander Jonathon Niese and promoted infielder Ty Kelly and left-hander Josh Edgin from their Pacific Coast League club.

Cabrera suffered a strained patellar tendon in his left knee while rounding third base in the first inning of Sunday's game against the Colorado Rockies. Manager Terry Collins suggested the injury is of comparable severity to when Cabrera suffered the same issue during spring training. That time, Cabrera returned to Grapefruit League play 18 days after suffering the injury.

Ruggiano, who had been signed Saturday, suffered a left hamstring strain while unsuccessfully trying to beat out a double play Monday against the New York Yankees.

Edgin underwent Tommy John surgery on March 17, 2015. This will mark his first major league action in two seasons. When Edgin had completed a rehab assignment earlier this year, the Mets kept him in the minors in part because his velocity had not returned to pre-surgery levels. Collins said Edgin recently has been sitting at 91 mph with his fastball and topping out at 93 mph. Pre-surgery, Edgin's fastball averaged 92.8 mph in the majors.

Nimmo got caught up in a numbers game. In addition to Bruce, the Mets also have lefty-hitting outfielders Michael Conforto, Curtis Granderson and Alejandro De Aza.