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 MLB.com:
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.