Cabrera sits out finale to rest sore shoulder
ARLINGTON -- Rangers third baseman Asdrúbal Cabrera was out of the lineup on Sunday to rest a sore right shoulder.
The injury is not considered serious, but Cabrera strained the shoulder making an off-balanced throw from third base in the fifth inning of Saturday’s win over the Astros. Cabrera stayed in the game and was examined by Dr. Keith Meister afterward.
But manager Chris Woodward decided to give Cabrera a day off as the Rangers get ready to embark on a seven-game road trip to Oakland and Seattle.
“He’s fine to play,” Woodward said. “We both agreed he’s been beat up the last week and we have seven games on the road. I hate to give him a day off in this ballpark, given how well he does, but he was fine with it. He’s an older guy, so want to keep him fresh.”
Cabrera, 33, has been wearing out pitching at Globe Life Park. He went into Sunday hitting .283 in 13 games in Arlington with a .717 slugging percentage, which ranked fourth highest among American League players at home. He was tied with the Angels' Mike Trout with six home runs at home and was the AL leader with 16 home RBIs.
Cabrera has also impressed Woodward with his defensive play at third base. The veteran has primarily been a shortstop in his career and had played only 67 games at third base before taking the job full-time for the Rangers this season. But Woodward has seen no issues with his defensive play to this point.
“When he first came into the league [in 2007], I remember watching and admiring him,” Woodward said. “His hands, I had never seen anything like it. The only person I can relate it to is maybe Omar Vizquel or [Jose] Iglesias ... just a natural ability to catch a baseball.
“I knew that going to third base, which is a more hands position, there are a lot more weird hops. He’s got no fear with his hands. So, I knew playing third base would be a good transition. As long as he moves his feet, the glovework is going to be great. He has tremendous hands and a really accurate arm.”
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• Outfielder Nomar Mazara also had a day off on Sunday so that Hunter Pence could get into the lineup. Joey Gallo was in the lineup, batting cleanup. For all his power, it was only Gallo's 16th career game batting cleanup.
• Sunday was head athletic trainer Matt Lucero’s birthday.
• Right-handed reliever Shawn Kelley earned his third victory on Saturday. He is tied with John Gant of the Cardinals and Sean Doolittle of the Nationals for most relief wins in the Major Leagues.