Saturday night was full of joy for the Cleveland Indians en route to a dominant 19-6 win in Houston that snapped a five-game losing streak — but the team still was dealt a slight blow in the injury column at Minute Maid Park.
Starting shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera left the game following two plate appearances (a one-out single to left and an inning-ending groundout) in the top of the first inning when Cleveland stormed out to a 8-0 lead. Backup Mike Aviles replaced him in the field in the bottom half of the frame, then went 2-for-4 over the duration of the contest.
Later on Saturday during the 3-hour, 45-minute contest, the Indians officially announced that Cabrera had suffered a left wrist contusion. He is listed as day-to-day and with Sunday’s series finale taking place at 1:10 p.m., possibly will miss at least one additional game.
Cabrera’s injury is the latest in a variety of ailments to already plague the Tribe in 2013. Among the other 25-man roster players to also be injured in the first three weeks: Scott Kazmir, Jason Giambi, Carlos Santana, Jason Kipnis, Michael Bourn and Brett Myers. The first four all have returned to action, while Bourn is on the DL retroactive to April 15 and Myers, who announced his flexor tendinitis yesterday, is returning to Cleveland today for an MRI.
On the season thus far, Cabrera had been one of the bigger reasons for the team’s early offensive struggles. He’s now batting .150 (9-for-60) in 16 contests with two home runs, three RBI, six walks and 18 strikeouts. Most significantly, he’s been ridiculed for batting just .053 (1-for-19) with runners in scoring position. Maybe a few extra days off could help him get back into a positive rhythm as well.
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