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Blue Jays place Melky Cabrera on disabled list with left knee tendinitis

Jun 28, 2013, 12:09 AM EDT

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The Blue Jays announced after Thursday’s loss to the Red Sox that outfielder Melky Cabrera was placed on the 15-day disabled list with left knee tendinitis. The club will recall infielder Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Buffalo to take his place on the active roster.

Cabrera went 1-for-4 with a run scored Thursday and played the entire game in left field. He has been bothered by leg problems at various times this season, so it sounds like this could be a lingering injury. The 28-year-old is batting .278/.321/.362 with three home runs and 29 RBI through 78 games this season.

Kawasaki was demoted to Triple-A Buffalo earlier this week when Jose Reyes was activated from the disabled list, but his stint in the minors didn’t last long. The 32-year-old is hitting just .225 with a .662 OPS in 185 plate appearances this season, but he has quickly become a fan and clubhouse favorite. In fact, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons held a team meeting after Tuesday’s game to discuss Kawasaki’s demotion, which speaks to how well-liked he is among his teammates.

  1. nbjays - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    He’s ba-ack!

    *happy dance*

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:23 AM

      Speaking of being back. Harry showed up in a different (Yankee game) thread. He claimed that he just returned from vacation. Who returns voluntarily from a vacation on Thursday? I wonder what he was incarcerated for during the last 2 weeks? He would not tell me.

    • nbjays - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:26 AM

      I suspect that he was in therapy during the Jays’ win streak

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  4. f352421 - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:20 AM

    This is silly , they should call up gose or sierra . I guess his ethnic antics entertain non baseball fans ,nvm his horrible skills / 220 avg . hope he realizes people in canada are laughing at him not with him .

    • paint771 - Jun 28, 2013 at 5:30 AM

      F you.

      The culture shock aspect of it certainly plays a role – I won’t deny that – but there’s a reason Muni became a favorite where other Japanese or non-American players haven’t. From a baseball perspective watch the guy throw himself into it on defense or gut out every at bat. From a teammate perspective watch him at the top step of the dugout for every play and the respect and positivity he gives every dude on the bench on the field or in the locker room with him. And from a fan perspective look at the guy who offered to take a minor league deal with an American club versus starting in Japan (plenty of American stars who won’t), who wants nothing more than to play the game right, and who knows damn well what an honor, privilege, and stroke of good fortune it is to be playing baseball for a living. We always bitch about ball players for their ego, their riches, their aloofness or guardedness, their sense of entitlement, whatever. Here is a ball player who is the polar opposite of all of that – and you think it’s his Japanese-ness that makes him popular?

      This is a town that made John McDonald and Brett Lawrie fan favorites for the same reason. A core passion for the game. Ethnic? F you. People love Muni because Muni loves baseball

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 28, 2013 at 6:37 AM


      • nbjays - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:28 AM

        Well said, Paint!

      • cur68 - Jun 28, 2013 at 7:49 AM

        Yep. He’s the Japanese Juan Pierre in terms of work and desire to play. He’s the most fun guy in the dugout, best interview and everyone’s cheerleader. Then, when he gets to bat, he turns into the toughest out on the team. Munenori Kawasaki with 2 strikes on him is a foul ball machine for righty and lefty pitching. Neither Gose nor Sierra can claim that.

        I wish it wasn’t Melky that got injured but I’m glad its ‘Saku back up.

      • Mark - Jun 28, 2013 at 8:34 AM

        And even if you ignore all of the team/fan perspective, let’s not forget that Kawasaki has a 101 wRC+ vs RHP. Yes, Kawasaki is a league average hitter against RHP. So on top of being a solid fielder and awesome person, he’s a legitimate hitter vs RHP.

    • slickdemetrius - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      Show’s how much a simpleton of the game you are. Yes, a .220 avg. but he’s an excellent fielder in my opinion, and at the plate he pushes the pitch count up, sort of important late in a game.

  5. Shayna - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    I’m glad for both Melky and the team that this problem is being addressed. Lately, left field has been the Blue Jays’ gift department. Plenty of catchable fly balls have gone uncaught with Melky afield. As for running the bases–that hasn’t been good either. Melky hasn’t achieved even a Molina-esque rate of speed. So all in all, this is a positive development for all involved.

    And I don’t need to add: Toronto-e yokoso, Kawasaki-san!

  6. Shayna - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    While I certainly acknowledge the personality factor, The Mun-ster is a very respectable player. By way of experiment, I looked at the stats for three players in the division, all around the same plateau in terms of number of at-bats — Baltimore’s 2B Flaherty, Muni, and the Bosox LF Gomes.

    Flaherty has seen 689 pitches in 151 ABs; Gomes, 647 pitches, 142 ABs; Muni, 773 pitches, 142 ABs. Flaherty, 12 walks; Gomes, 20 walks; Muni, 24 walks. Sac bunts and sac flies: Flaherty 1, Gomes 3, Muni 7. Groundball outs to flyball outs: Flaherty 1.19, Gomes .48, Muni 3.20. As they might have said on Sesame Street, one of these players is not like the others.

    The upshot, it seems to me, is that Muni is a better small-ball player, grinds out at-bats and tires the pitchers, gets the ball on the ground, and is willing to give himself up for the runner. I don’t think you need what I think of as the muppet factor to justify a decision to keep Muni on the roster.

    • Shayna - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:16 PM


      Gomes saw 647 pitches in 142 ABs, Flaherty 689 pitches in 168 ABs, and Muni 773 pitches in 151 ABs..

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