Mets SS Asdrubal Cabrera suffers strained patellar tendon

NEW YORK -- New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera became the team's latest injury casualty when he came up lame after rounding third base and departed Sunday's game against the Colorado Rockies after the first inning.

The team announced that Cabrera suffered a strained patellar tendon in his left knee.

After crossing the plate on Neil Walker's triple, Cabrera required assistance from bench coach Dick Scott and trainer Ray Ramirez to reach the dugout. He was unable to put pressure on his left leg.

Cabrera dealt with the same injury during spring training. He was prescribed to rest for two weeks in March but ended up resuming activity sooner.

"We didn't have to carry him off the field in spring training," manager Terry Collins said. "I'm really concerned about it -- really concerned until he sees the doctor tomorrow.

"He was in a lot of pain -- a lot more than I've ever seen him. He's had a couple of times so far this summer where it kind of flared up and we'd give him a day off and it seemed like he'd bounce back really good. I talked to him this morning and he felt great. So I'm really concerned right now."

Wilmer Flores shifted to shortstop and Kelly Johnson entered the game at third base once Cabrera departed.

With Jose Reyes landing on the disabled list Saturday with a strained intercostal muscle on his left side, Flores is the only capable shortstop on the active roster. However, that is not his optimal position because of a lack of range. And he already was being tasked with filling in for Reyes at third base.

Assuming Cabrera will be placed on the disabled list, the Mets are summoning Matt Reynolds from Triple-A Las Vegas to take Cabrera's spot on the active roster.

"I'm sure we'll bring somebody in as a precaution from Vegas," Collins said.

Cabrera had been one of the sturdier players on the injury-ravaged Mets. He has started 98 of the Mets' 104 games at shortstop this season.

The Mets were playing Sunday without left fielder Yoenis Cespedes, who is dealing with recurring trouble with his right quadriceps.