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Asdrubal Cabrera to Make His Phillies Debut at Shortstop

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    Asdrubal Cabrera to Make His Phillies Debut at Shortstop
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    Asdrubal Cabrera to make his Phillies debut at shortstop

    The Phillies' newest acquisition, Asdrubal Cabrera, is in the lineup for Saturday night's game against the Reds (6:40 p.m./NBCSP), at a position he's yet to play this year.

    Cabrera, who the Phillies picked up from the Mets on Friday in exchange for pitching prospect Franklyn Kilome, will play shortstop and hit fifth in his Phillies debut. Though he's played 90 games at second base and once as a DH this season, shortstop is not an unfamiliar position for him. For his career, Cabrera has played 1,038 of 1,480 games at shortstop.

    In 204 career plate appearances batting fifth, Cabrera has slashed .301/.348/.484.

    Scott Kingery makes way for Cabrera. According to manager Gabe Kapler, Kingery will continue to "play fairly regularly,"  although it's not yet clear where exactly both Cabrera and Kingery will fit in the lineup (see story).

    The Phillies face former Mets starter Matt Harvey, who Cabrera has never matched up against before. Maikel Franco has homered twice against Harvey in eight career plate appearances.

    Harvey is opposed by Vince Velasquez, who bats eighth. 

    The full Phillies lineup is below.

    1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B

    2. Rhys Hoskins, LF

    3. Odubel Herrera, CF

    4. Carlos Santana, 1B

    5. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS

    6. Nick Williams, RF

    7. Maikel Franco, 3B

    8. Vince Velasquez, P

    9. Andrew Knapp, C

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