NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Sunday, March 13, 2016, 10:52 AM
JUPITER — Asdrubal Cabrera is uncertain if he will be back in time for Opening Day on April 3.
The Mets shortstop returned to the clubhouse Sunday for the first since being diagnosed with a strained patella tendon and was not sure how long it would take him to get back in the Mets lineup following his two-week shutdown.
“I don’t know,” Cabrera said “We’ve got to wait and see how my knee feels.”
Cabrera, who injured the knee pulling up at second base in a game on Thursday, said he was surprised by the diagnosis because he was walking fine after the game. He experienced difficulty walking after getting the platelet-rich plasma injection after being examined by team doctors in New York on Friday, but felt better Sunday.
After the doctor-mandated two weeks of no activity, Cabrera will have nine days to get ready for the season. He was not sure how much activity he would be able to tolerate coming off the rest and was reluctant to talk about Opening Day.
“I am just worried to be healthy” Cabrera said. “I want to be healthy and take time, take time, I want to be ready for the Opening Day, of course, but I’ve got to see how these first two weeks go.”
With Cabrera out, the Mets have started using Wilmer Flores back at shortstop and Sunday they were giving prospect Matt Reynolds, who missed most of last week with a hamstring injury, a chance at third.
The Mets signed Cabrera to an $ 18.5 million, two-year deal this winter.