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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Nationals Injury Update: Asdrubal Cabrera exits early

By on 8/24/2014 10:00:00 PM

After going 2 for 3 with a walk, RBI and run scored, Washington Nationals second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera was taken out of Sunday's 14-6 victory over the San Francisco Giants when he experienced right ribcage tightness, reports Daniel Popper of He was replaced by Danny Espinosa, who went 2 for 2 with a homer.

The win put the Nationals eight games over the Atlanta Braves in the NL East. Cabrera, who was acquired from the Cleveland Indians on July 31, is hitting .249/.315/.396 with 11 homers and 49 RBI for the season; in twenty games for the Nationals he is hitting .260 with two homers and 11 RBI. Cabrera said he doesn't expect to miss any games, but it depends on how he feels Monday morning before the Nationals open a series in Philadelphia.

"We didn't want to take any chances in that situation," Nationals manager Matt Williams said. "We'll have to see how Asdrubal is when he wakes up tomorrow when we get him to the ballpark. Just a little bit of tightness, so we want to be cautious in that regard."

A two-time All-Star, Cabrera spent his eight-year major league career with the Indians before the trade, mostly as a shortstop. His best season was 2011, when he slashed .273/.332/.460, was named to the AL All-Star team, won a Silver Slugger award and garnered MVP votes.

The switch-hitting Cabrera, 28, was signed by the Seattle Mariners in 2002 out of Venezuela and traded to Cleveland while still a minor leaguer in June 2007 forEduardo Perez. He made his August 8, 2007 at age 21. The Indians traded him (with cash) to the Nationals in exchange for rookie prospect Zach Walters. He is under a three-year $21.05 million contract through 2014, at which point he is eligible for free agency.

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats
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