July 23, 2016

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Indians notes: Cabrera returns to lineup

CLEVELAND — The Indians finally got an encouraging development on the injury front Tuesday.

Though he was not in the original lineup, shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was added as the designated hitter, returning to the field after a three-game absence with a left hamstring injury.

Manager Manny Acta met with his player after Cabrera ran prior to the game, then replaced him with Shelley Duncan on the lineup card.

“We just wanted to make sure that he was OK, that he was not trying to play a hero in May,” Acta said of Cabrera, who is expected to be back at shortstop for the series finale today.

In other injury news:

(bullet) Travis Hafner (right knee soreness) missed his sixth straight game and though Acta said the DH was available off the bench, he would not rule out a trip to the disabled list.

“I can’t guess any of that stuff,” he said. “We don’t know up until he’s either cleared or we have to make a decision (on disabled list).”

(bullet) Carlos Santana (concussion symptoms) was cleared to begin cardiovascular activity, but it is still in question whether the catcher will be able to leave the seven-day DL when he is eligible this weekend.

“We can’t put a date on it,” Acta said.

(bullet) Grady Sizemore (back surgery) told reporters that he is frustrated by the length of his rehabilitation. He will not be activated on his June 3 eligibility date and is not close to beginning a minor league rehab assignment.

(bullet) Backup catcher Lou Marson was missed his second straight game after receiving three stitches to his mouth when he was hit by a pitch Sunday. He is expected to catch today.


The Chiz Kid

Lonnie Chisenhall has worked his way back to the majors after a failed bid to win the third base job this spring.

“Jack (Hannahan) won that spot out of spring training. I knew that,” Chisenhall said. “I didn’t play well, so I knew I had stuff to do. I went to Triple-A and tried to get some ab’s under my belt. I was just waiting and playing good baseball. I’m happy to be here.”

Acta praised Chisenhall’s attitude at Columbus, where he hit .324 with four home runs and 17 RBIs in 28 games.

Chisenhall, a first-round draft pick in 2008, went 2-4 with a homer in his first at-bat of his big league season debut Sunday.


Minor detail

Advanced Class A Carolina infielder Tony Wolters was named Indians minor league player of the week (May 21-27). Wolters, a third-round draft pick in 2010, hit .429 (9-for-21) with two doubles and an RBI over the span. He entered Tuesday batting .222 with a homer and 16 RBIs on the season.


Roundin’ third

The Indians had won five of seven over Kansas City through Monday. They entered the year with eight consecutive winning seasons against the Royals. … Cleveland closer Chris Perez had held the opposition scoreless in nine straight outings and 19 of his last 21 appearances through Monday. Perez posted a 1.37 ERA with 20 strikeouts over the span of 19 2/3 innings. … Today, 12:05, No television/WTAM 1100-AM. Gomez (3-3, 3.94) vs. Chen (3-5, 4.81).


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