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Melky Cabrera considered day to day, X-rays on elbow come back negative

Outfielder Melky Cabrera is having a stellar season for the Toronto Blue Jays. He is one of the key players for them as they try to chase down a playoff berth and he is potentially setting himself up for a nice payday as a free agent this off-season.

Cabrera and the Blue Jays received good news this week, then, when they learned that a hit-by-pitch to Cabrera’s elbow will not force him to miss significant time. According to Gregor Chisholm of

Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera is considered day to day after he was hit by a pitch on the right elbow during Thursday night’s 2-1 loss to the Orioles.

X-rays were negative and Cabrera isn’t expected to miss a significant amount of time, but the Blue Jays won’t really know what to expect until Friday.

Cabrera was hit on the elbow by a 91-mph fastball from Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez during the first inning. Cabrera initially tried to remain in the game but was lifted for pinch-hitter Nolan Reimold in the third inning.

Cabrera is batting .315/.367/.480 this season with 14 home runs and 59 RBI. According to Baseball Reference he has been a 2.4 WAR (wins above replacement) player for a Blue Jays team that has seen significant injuries to other key players like Jose Bautista, Adam Lind, and Brett Lawrie. To also lose Cabrera would have been a big blow for the Blue Jays as they try to stay within reach of the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles.

Cabrera and the Blue Jays open an intriguing series at home against the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.

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