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Monday, August 25, 2014

Nationals Injury Update: Asdrubal Cabrera out with sore side

By on 8/25/2014 05:00:00 PM

Washington Nationals second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera is not in Monday night's starting lineup as of mid-Monday afternoon, but he could still possibly play if needed says Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington. Danny Espinosa will start at second base in Cabrera's absence.

 The Nationals released the lineup via Twitter.

Cabrera has dealt with tightness in his right rib cage and is considered day-to-day. He left Sunday's game early because of the tightness, but he does not expect to miss significant time. In fact, as Monday progressed, he started feeling well enough to let his manager know that he could play if needed -- either as a starter or at least off the bench.

Cabrera is hitting .249 with 11 HR and 50 RBI in 117 games with Cleveland and Washington. In his 20 games with the Nationals, he is hitting .264 with 2 HR and 10 RBI. He is defensive whiz as shown above, seemingly making a highlight-reel play nearly every night. His RBI count may be lower than desired, but he saves many runs with his gloves.

Washington leads the N.L. East by eight games over the Atlanta Braves as play begins on Monday. At this point, it is better to make sure that Cabrera is ready before rushing him back onto the field. However, if he is ready, he could see action very soon -- if not Monday night.

This article was edited to reflect the fact that Cabrera is playing second base for the Nationals and Espinosa, not Ian Desmond, was filling in.

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