Found August 28, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
PLAYERS: Ryan Raburn
TEAMS: Cleveland Indians
Yesterday we reported that Cleveland Indians utility man Ryan Raburn was hoping to avoid a stint on the disabled list as a result of his leg injuries. Raburn showed progress while working out prior to yesterday's game, and manager Terry Francona is now optimistic that the veteran will return to the team's lineup in the near future, according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. "He did well today," Francona said. "I'm thinking that he's probably available. We wanted it -- when we got him available -- we wanted to make sure that we could hit him and leave him in to play or run. I think we're there, but we'll watch him." For a time, Cleveland was debating whether or not to place Raburn on the 15-day disabled list to allow him an extended stretch off to recover from his ailments. He's now only been in the starting lineup for three of the team's past 18 games. Hitting the DL remains a possibility for Raburn, but, considering the Indians have held out this long, it's looking more and more likely that he'll return to action without requiring time on the shelf. "It's pretty close," Raburn said. "We're just trying to weigh the best options and the other thing is we don't want to put it at a point where I get reinjured and I'm hurt the rest of the year. We've got some big games coming up." Raburn has been extremely productive since joining the Indians, hitting .272/.366/.574 with 14 doubles and 15 home runs over 224 plate appearances this season. For that reason, Cleveland doesn't want to take Raburn out of the lineup for longer than necessary, but they also can't afford to have him continue to take up a roster spot if he's unavailable. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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