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ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin is reporting that Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera will play Sunday afternoon against the Washington Nationals. Cabrera who is currently dealing with a strained patella tendon in his left knee, is more likely now than not to be in the Mets Opening Night lineup. Terry Collins has also expressed optimism on Cabrera’s return, as he stated today he believes Cabrera will be ready for the first game of the season. It is fantastic news for Cabrera as he was supposed to be inactive for two weeks before resuming baseball activity. Cabrera is expected back much sooner than expected, and he should have time to receive enough at-bats, as well as ground-balls to turn with his new infield mate Neil Walker.
LHP Jerry Blevins was hit in the thigh with a comebacker during his appearance in the ninth inning today against the Houston Astros. Blevins will be evaluated by Mets staff, but Terry Collins believes Blevins should be fine.
Outfielder Michael Conforto is reportedly not concerned about his back spasms, but manager Terry Collins doesn’t seem to be singing the same tone. Talking to ESPN New York reporter Adam Rubin, Colllins was quoted; “I’m concerned about that,” Collins said. “Back spasms can be tough to get rid of. The doctor told me this morning it probably would be two to three days. We’ll reassess him tomorrow.” I don’t believe this is an issue that will keep Conforto out of the Opening Night lineup, but it is something to monitor over the next few days to see how he is feeling as the regular season approaches.