Jun 26, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Melky Cabrera (53) on deck to bat against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Melky Cabrera Set to Return to Toronto Blue Jays


Three weeks after hitting the disabled list with tendinitis in his left knee, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera appears to be on track to return to action after completing a minor league rehab assignment this week.

Cabrera went 2-for-4 at Double-A New Hampshire on Wednesday and could make one more appearance before joining the Blue Jays as they open the second half with a 10-game homestand that will prove their last best chance to get back into the AL East race.

Cabrera, who signed a two-year deal with the Jays this past off-season after missing the final third of the 2012 season due to a PED suspension, is hitting .278/.321/.362 through 78 games this year. Cabrera last played for the Jays on June 27.

Toronto added several high-profile players to their roster this year in an attempt to make a run to the postseason. Sitting in the cellar of the AL East and a full 10 games out of first, this certainly could have gone better for manager John Gibbons. Though Cabrera has had a disappointing year, especially his lack of extra-base pop, he’s still viewed as an upgrade to Rajai Davis, who has filled in since Cabrera went down. Over his last 24 contests, Davis has produced a nearly identical line to that of Cabrera.

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