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Struggling Mets place Cabrera on disabled list, add reliever

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New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Carbrera deflects a single off the bat of St. Louis Cardinals' Greg Garcia in the seventh inning during a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Mets on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Photo by Chris Lee,


The New York Mets have put shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera on the 10-day disabled list and added reliever Neil Ramirez to their battered bullpen.

The Mets made the moves in the midst of a five-game losing streak.

Cabrera is out with a sprained left thumb. His move was retroactive to Sunday.

Ramirez joins his third major league team this month. The righthander, who turns 28 next week, had an 8.71 ERA in nine games for San Francisco this season, striking out 18 in 10 1/3 innings.

Ramirez was cut by the Giants and signed by Toronto on May 5. He didn’t pitch for the Blue Jays and was released four days later. Last year, Ramirez played for the Cubs, Brewers and Twins.

As a rookie in 2014, Ramirez pitched 50 games for Cubs, going 3-3 with three saves and a 1.44 ERA.

The Mets also transferred closer Jeurys Familia to the 60-day DL. He is expected to return to the Mets late this season after having surgery last week for a blocked artery near his right armpit.

Indians recall Zimmer • The Cleveland Indians have called up outfielder Bradley Zimmer, their first-round draft pick in 2014, from Triple-A Columbus.

The 24-year-old Zimmer was hitting .294 with five home runs and 14 RBIs in 33 games with Columbus. The lefthanded hitter, considered the top prospect in the Indians’ organization, will be making his major league debut.

Outfielder Abraham Almonte was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right biceps.

Almonte injured his arm during an at-bat last week. He started in right field Monday but was removed in the fifth inning. Almonte is batting .221 with one homer and six RBIs in 33 games.

Righthander Shawn Armstrong was recalled from Columbus and infielder-outfielder Yandy Diaz was optioned to Triple-A. Righthander Carlos Frias was designated for assignment.

Bettis finishes chemo • Colorado Rockies righthander Chad Bettis says he has finished his last round of chemotherapy two months after doctors discovered his testicular cancer had spread.

Bettis posted a photo Tuesday on his Instagram account of his new daughter sitting on his lap and his wife standing nearby.

Bettis wrote: “Just got done with my last day of chemo!! My family and I want to say thank you for all the support and prayers! We’re eternally grateful for y’all. We are excited to move forward and start the process of getting back.”

The 28-year-old Bettis had surgery in November to remove the cancer, but it returned and he was forced to leave the team in March for chemotherapy. There’s no timetable for his return to the NL West-leading Rockies.

Cano goes on DL • Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a quadriceps strain, the latest Seattle player to be sidelined by injury.

Seattle made the move Tuesday after Cano missed the previous five games because of the strain. Cano underwent an MRI that confirmed the strain and the Mariners decided a few extra days of rest would be the best move.

Cano is the ninth Seattle player to land on the disabled list since the start of the regular season and sixth since April 26. Cano is hitting .296 with eight homers and 28 RBIs in 34 games.

Orioles activate Castillo • The Baltimore Orioles activated catcher Welington Castillo from the disabled list, and he singled in his first plate appearance against Detroit on Tuesday night.

The Orioles sent outfielder Craig Gentry outright to Triple-A Norfolk.

Castillo made his 18th start of the season for the Orioles on Tuesday, but he hadn’t played since April 30 because of right shoulder tendinitis. Castillo came into the game hitting .314 on the season.

Associated Press

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