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Cabrera leaves Nats win with injury

Aug 24, 2014, 7:57 PM EDT

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Though the Nationals came backĀ against the Giants to end their 10-game homestand with a 14-6 win, they got some potentially bad news in the injury department.

Second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera left with tightness in his right side after a swing in the seventh inning. The 28-year-old is now day-to-day, as the Nats begin a nine-game road trip on Monday.

Cabrera sustained the injury during a groundout to shortstop Brandon Crawford.

“We don’t know the severity of it, we don’t know exactly,” manager Matt Williams said. “We’ll let the docs take a look at him and we’ll have more information on it tomorrow.”

Williams said it will depend on how Cabrera feels when he wakes up Monday morning in Philadelphia. If he does have to miss time, the Nats will rely on Danny Espinosa, who came into Sunday’s game in the seventh inning and went 2-for-2 with a home run and two RBI.

“We have guys that play multiple positions within the infield and Danny’s certainly played well out there. So if Asdrubal is down for a couple of days, then he’s able to step right in and do well,” Williams said.

Cabrera was acquired by the Nationals on July 31 at the non-waiver trade deadline in a deal with the Cleveland Indians. Since coming to Washington, Cabrera has hit .264 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 20 games.

  1. knoxvillenat - Aug 24, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Well this sure puts a damper on a wonderful comeback victory today. Here’s hoping the injury is minor and Cabrera comes back quickly.

    • unkyd59 - Aug 24, 2014 at 8:13 PM

      +1

      • masterfishkeeper - Aug 24, 2014 at 8:40 PM

        +1.

        I assume Danny will start tomorrow and Tuesday (as Hamels is starting that day). Hope Asdrubal is back Wednesday.

        If Asdrubal has to go on the DL, do you call up an infielder? If so, who? Burriss? Or do you call up Barrett and try to get by with fewer position players?

  2. micksback1 - Aug 24, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    micksback1 – Aug 24, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    I think nats may come back and win this, I have a feelingā€¦

    and I did call it!!!

  3. micksback1 - Aug 24, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    and the best part, Braves would not make post season if season ended today LOL

  4. laddieblahblah - Aug 24, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    The Nats are 17 – 6 since Cabrera joined the team. Hope he gets completely well and comes back ASAP. He makes the Nats better, and they were already really, really good.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 24, 2014 at 8:24 PM

      Amazing. XFactor.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 24, 2014 at 8:30 PM

      BTW, the guy the Indians got in the trade with another O-fer today and BA down below Mendoza .193

      Get well soon Asdrubal!

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 24, 2014 at 8:50 PM

      +1

      • knoxvillenat - Aug 24, 2014 at 8:51 PM

        That was a +1 to laddie.

  5. micksback1 - Aug 24, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    another bummer, on of my favorite actors has passed away, Richard Attenborough, Roger in the Great Escape, he was 90

  6. Doc - Aug 24, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Asdrubal’s OBP has been a significant factor in the lineup—he has kept the line moving. Love the way he consistently puts the ball in play, or works a walk. You don’t have to be great; good will work too.

    The guy’s pretty good in the field too.

    Hope the injury is small.

  7. Section 222 - Aug 24, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Sh*t. ACab has been a great sparkplug for the team, and a key component of the run this month. Danny had some nice ABs today, but we know who he is at this point. He’s not an adequate replacement. So hopefully this injury isn’t serious.

  8. Eric - Aug 24, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Heal well and day, Asdrubal. Already a big fan!

    • Eric - Aug 24, 2014 at 10:24 PM

      soon, not day. Sheesh

  9. sjm308 - Aug 24, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    Late to the party but I am hoping they will give him all the time he needs. Its not great but Espinosa and Frandsen can cover this for a week if need be.

    When can Souza come of the dl? That is my choice if Asdrubal needs 15 days.

    Go Nats!!

  10. dcwx61 - Aug 25, 2014 at 7:18 AM

    Danny is bad karma for the team…the wind blows out of their sails watching him consistently KO in key situations,
    Give that guy a new start somewhere where he can thrive.
    Frandsen will start unless it’s a left hander

    • Eric - Aug 25, 2014 at 9:08 AM

      Yeah and he sure ruined things yesterday! Instant Karma!

      • dcwx61 - Aug 25, 2014 at 11:00 PM

        Yes, but in baseball, one game doesn’t make a star.
        Wait until the evening, or a couple of years to make judgement

    • therealjohnc - Aug 25, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      Well, Danny did go 2-2 with a two run dinger yesterday – could we let the Danny hate rest for just one day?

      • dcwx61 - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:58 PM

        even a squirrel finds a nut once in a while
        I dont hate Danny, i feel sorry for him
        He needs another chance rather than waste his time on the pine for the Nats.

  11. thomaswell - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    If he is out more than 2 days, it will be telling who starts more Frandsen or Epsi as a hint to the playoff roster

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