Asdrubal Cabrera 2B/SS TB 4 weeks ago

As expected, Cabrera has been named the Rays' starting shortstop to begin the season, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Compared to the alternatives, Cabrera was the most steady defensive option at short throughout the spring for the Rays. After Yunel Escobar posted a minus-24 in defensive runs saved last season, Cabrera may actually prove to be a slight upgrade at the position for Tampa Bay in 2015.

Asdrubal Cabrera 2B/SS TB 1 month ago

Cabrera seems likely to head into the regular season as the Rays' starting shortstop, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The question with Cabrera is not if he is going to be an everyday player for the Rays, but at which middle-infield position. After the past couple of years, many feel that the veteran's range has diminished to the point of relegating him to second base only, but Manager Kevin Cash stated Tuesday that "he (Cabrera) has not done anything this spring to look like he's lost range." In addition to Cabrera, the Rays' staff will continue to look at players such as Nick Franklin, Tim Beckham and Jake Elmore in order to determine who will ultimately be the starter at each position heading into the regular season.

Asdrubal Cabrera 2B/SS TB 4 months ago

Cabrera has reached an agreement with the Rays, pending a physical, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.

Cabrera split last season between the Indians and Nationals, hitting a combined .241/.307/.387 with 61 RBI and 14 home runs. The two-time All-Star selection has proven capable of playing multiple infield positions and could see many of his innings at second base, where he played with the Nationals after coming over from Cleveland. Cabrera's numbers at the plate have been down over the past couple of years, but he won a Silver Slugger in 2011, hitting .273 with 25 home runs and 92 RBI, so he certainly has some upside.

Asdrubal Cabrera 2B/SS TB 7 months ago

Cabrera is out of the lineup for Game 2 of the Nationals' doubleheader Friday.

Cabrera started the second game of Thursday's doubleheader and the first game Friday, but will sit for the second game Friday. Jeff Kobernus will start at second base in his place and bat eighth for the Nationals.

Asdrubal Cabrera 2B/SS TB 7 months ago

Cabrera is not in the lineup for Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader with the Mets, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports.

Manager Matt Williams seems content to rest several of his starters for at least one game of Thursday's doubleheader, with Cabrera sitting for the first contest. He'll be spelled by Danny Espinosa at second base.

Asdrubal Cabrera 2B/SS TB 7 months ago

Cabrera is not in the lineup Wednesday, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.

The Nationals regulars are all getting the day off after clinching a playoff berth Tuesday and likely celebrating into the night. Jeff Kobernus will start at the keystone Wednesday, and Cabrera should be back in the lineup in short order.

Asdrubal Cabrera 2B/SS TB 7 months ago

Cabrera is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mets.

Cabrera will get a day off after starting 17 straight games for the Nationals at second base. Danny Espinosa will man the keystone Sunday in Cabrera's place.

Asdrubal Cabrera 2B/SS TB 7 months ago

Cabrera went 2-for-6 in Wednesday's marathon win over the Dodgers, hitting his 14th home run of the season.

Washington took leads in the ninth and 12th innings only for the Dodgers to tie it, but Cabrera's blast in the top of the 14th helped finally seal the deal. He's had a bit of a power surge with the Nats, hitting .240/.333/.452 in 29 games since coming over from Cleveland with five home runs and 14 RBI.

Asdrubal Cabrera 2B/SS TB 8 months ago

Cabrera (ribs) is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Phillies.

Initially labeled side soreness, Cabrera's injury was was later diagnosed as an oblique strain, but he did come off the bench Monday and will return Tuesday after missing just one start. Cabrera has been swinging it well since joining Washington (.274/.372/.452), and it seems Danny Espinosa will continue to see only occasional starts against lefties.

Asdrubal Cabrera 2B/SS TB 8 months ago

Cabrera indicated that his right side is feeling better and that he's optimistic he'll be able to play Tuesday, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.

Manager Matt Williams said that an oblique strain has been ruled out for Cabrera, and that the shortstop will go through his normal pregame routine Tuesday. The Nationals could end up giving Cabrera an extra day off Tuesday as a precaution, but a DL stint looks to be off the table at this juncture.