CLEVELAND –— The Indians could be without two-time All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera for as long as a month.
Cabrera was placed on the Disabled List on Tuesday with a right quadriceps strain. He sustained the injury while running to first base in the fifth inning of a 7-4 loss to New York in the series opener at Yankee Stadium on Monday.
Indians manager Terry Francona told reporters in New York that Cabrera, who had been dealing with a sore quad prior to the injury, could be out for 3-4 weeks.
To replace Cabrera on the 25-man roster Cleveland called up shortstop Juan Diaz from Triple-A Columbus. Veteran utility man Mike Aviles is expected to see the bulk of playing time in Cabrera’s absence.
Cabrera, 27, arrived at training camp in what he called the best shape of his life and after a slow start had begun to pick up steam at the plate. He is batting .254 with five home runs and 25 RBIs in 53 games.
Diaz, one of Cleveland’s top prospects, was acquired along with outfielder Ezequiel Carrera in a 2010 trade with Seattle for Russell Branyan. He is hitting .211 with four homers and 18 RBIs in 52 games for Columbus.
Diaz, 24, appeared in five games for the Indians last year, batting .267 (4-for-15). He hit a combined .266 with 13 homers and 63 RBIs in 115 games for Columbus and Double-A Akron in 2012.
Right-hander Zach McAllister (4-5, 3.43 ERA) is dealing with a right middle-finger sprain and will have his next scheduled start Saturday in Detroit pushed back to Tuesday in Texas.
McAllister reportedly pitched with the injury during his last outing Sunday — an 11-3 loss to Tampa Bay at Progressive Field — which resulted in his shortest start of the season (4⅓ innings). He allowed five runs (four earned) to snap a streak of 12 straight starts with at least five innings and three or fewer earned runs.
The Indians announced Monday that fans attending the rain-delay-filled game against the Rays on Friday night at Progressive Field will have the opportunity to exchange their tickets for one of two future games — Wednesday, July 31 vs. the White Sox, or Friday, Sept. 6 vs. the Mets.
Both games are “Dollar Dog Nights,” with postgame fireworks.
Tickets must be exchanged by July 1.
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