There are rare times when an injured player forced onto the disabled list actually becomes a benefit and a relief to the team that suffers the injury. Such was the case with the Blue Jays and Melky Cabrera after an injured left knee meant the Jays had to shut him down for 15 days.

Cabrera turns 29 on Aug. 11. He is signed to a contract that guarantees him $8 million (all figures U.S.) for the two years 2013-14 and as long as he remains on the active list had to be considered the No. 1 left fielder over Rajai Davis and Emilio Bonifacio. The big contract was part of it.

But it had reached the point of being ludicrous in left. In Oakland Cabrera could not cut off a hard ground ball before it reached the corner with Yoenis Cespedes motoring around for a triple. The next night Cabrera was on the bench. The reason? Manager John Gibbons said that with a fly-ball pitcher in the game Mark Buehrle he needed someone who could cover the outfield and make the plays. In that case why was Cabrera ever in the lineup?

n Anaheim in Game 1 of the series the first batter lobbed a fly ball near the left field line that dropped in by a long way. In the third inning Cabrera was late arriving to a spot in left-centre encouraging Mark Trumbo to go from first to third. Cabrera picked the ball up made the throwing motion and the ball slipped from his hand and landed behind him. An inning later he was on the bench. Six innings later right after the game. Cabrera was placed on the DL.

Gibbons confirmed that it looks like Melky will miss at least until September when the rosters expand to the maximum 40 players allowed in uniform. Even then nothing is certain.

“We’ll see how that plays out” Gibbons said. “Give them a shot. Bonifacio has been sitting a while. He’s been getting some hits. This may be what he’s waiting for here.”

How unconcerned did it seem the Jays were about ensuring Cabrera’s speedy recovery? Casual? When the announcement was made in the press box during Thursday’s game no mention of which knee. The next day he went for an MRI with pitcher Dustin McGowan. The results of the MRI were inconclusive the Jays said. It either was or wasn’t a meniscus tear of the left knee and he was flying to Florida for further examination. As of Saturday game time he was still in the Jays’ clubhouse.