Asdrubal Cabrera departs Mets game with back spasms

WASHINGTON -- New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was removed from Wednesday's game against the Washington Nationals with what the team labeled back spasms.

Cabrera never actually appeared in the game. When the Mets took the field for the bottom of the first inning at Nationals Park, Matt Reynolds and not Cabrera headed out to shortstop.

After the game, Cabrera said: "I'll be good," referring to Friday's series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers, after a team day off.

Said manager Terry Collins: "As you saw, he was in the lineup until the first batter got in the batter's box. And then all of a sudden it locked up on him downstairs as he was stretching. I really don't know. He says he feels fine and he'll be ready for Friday. I hope he is."

Cabrera, 30, is hitting .283 with three homers and 17 RBIs in 166 at-bats. He has started all but one game at shortstop for the Mets this season.