Left knee tendinitis lands Cabrera on disabled list

Left knee tendinitis lands Cabrera on disabled list

BOSTON -- Hours after Melky Cabrera started in left field and went 1-for-4 during the Blue Jays' 7-4 loss to the Red Sox on Thursday night, Cabrera was placed on the 15-day disabled list with left knee tendinitis.

Taking his place on the roster will be energetic shortstop Munenori Kawasaki, who was sent down to Triple-A Buffalo when Jose Reyes returned from the DL earlier this week.

Kawasaki, 32, hit .225 with a .337 on-base percentage and seven stolen bases in 60 games with the Blue Jays as Reyes' primarily replacement at shortstop. Kawasaki also made his mark with a big smile and ability to come through in the clutch.

Without Cabrera, Rajai Davis, Colby Rasmus and Jose Bautista are the only three pure outfielders on the roster, but Emilio Bonifacio and Mark DeRosa can also play in the outfield.

Jason Mastrodonato is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @jmastrodonato. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.