Doctors have told Cabrera that he must complete a two-week period of "total rest" before beginning physical activity. That period began Friday, when Cabrera received a platelet-rich plasma injection that temporarily made it difficult to walk. Until Cabrera returns to the field, he will be unable to gauge how much time he needs to return to game shape.
"We'll figure it out from there," Cabrera said. "I want to be ready for the season. Now I've got to wait two weeks. I don't know. We'll see."
The uncertainty surrounding Cabrera's health significantly increases the chances that Ruben Tejada will make the Mets' Opening Day roster. A lingering injury to Cabrera, who was slated to be the Mets' starting shortstop, could pave the way for Matt Reynolds to make the team as well. Reynolds started at shortstop Sunday against the Marlins, though Wilmer Flores profiles as the club's primary shortstop for as long as Cabrera is sidelined.
For now, the Mets remain in wait-and-see mode regarding an injury that Cabrera did not expect to be this serious.
"I started walking really good after the game, but the MRI said that I [strained] the knee," Cabrera said. "I just want to be healthy. That takes time. I want to be ready for the Opening Day, of course. But we've got to see how these first two weeks go."