ndians manager Terry Francona recently stated that he wanted to do everything possible to make sure shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera did not run himself into the ground this season. The two-time All-Star’s desire to play through discomfort got the best of him on Monday.
In the fifth inning of Cleveland’s 7-4 loss to the Yankees, Cabrera grounded out to second baseman Robinson Cano and pulled up lame while running to first. Cabrera stutter-stepped and tripped, nearly tumbling to the dirt before regaining his balance before reaching the base.
Cabrera was forced out of the game with a strained right quad and will fly back to Cleveland on Tuesday to undergo an MRI exam to determine the extent of the injury. It appears probable that Cabrera will be placed on the 15-day disabled list.
“He got it pretty good,” Francona said. “Most likely, this is headed towards the DL, but we’ll let him get scanned just so we know exactly what’s going on there. We don’t want to rush into anything, but it looked like he got it pretty good.”
Nick Swisher greets Asdrubal Cabrera after Cabrera’s two run home in the fifth inning Saturday, June 1, 2013. Nobody is having more fun than Cleveland!
can we talk about asdrubal and his son for a second? ADORABLE
Asdrubal Cabrera #13 of the Cleveland Indians shares a moment with his son, Meyer, 5, prior to the game against the Boston Red Sox on May 23, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
#asdrubal is probably my favorite shortstop since #omar. #windians #rolltribe
The only known neanderthal still alive.
That’s okay, as long as the Indians are winning. :)
Nick Swisher #33 of the Cleveland Indians hugs Asdrubal Cabrera #13 after Swisher’s sacrifice fly scored Cabrera in the eighth against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on April 28, 2013.
#Regram from @BastianMLB — Asdrubal playing catch with his son in KC
All-star voting has begun!
- 1B - Swisher, Nick
- 2B - Kipnis, Jason
- SS - Cabrera, Asdrubal
- 3B - Chisenhall, Lonnie
- C - Santana, Carlos
- DH - Reynolds, Mark
- OF - Bourn, Michael
- OF - Brantley, Michael
- OF - Stubbs, Drew
These are the Tribe players in the running per position! Remember to vote everyday - 25 votes per day for guest accounts, 35 for people signed up on mlb.com!
Go, my fellow Tribe fans! Go and vote!
PS. I VOTED 35 TIMES SO NOW I AM CHALLENGING YOU ALL TO DO THE SAME <3
CLEVELAND — The Indians needed a mistake, one they could take advantage of, to get back into Monday’s game with the White Sox. Cleveland caught an opportunistic break in the eighth inning, when Chicago lefty Matt Thornton spun and threw wildly toward second base.
It was an ill-fated pick-off attempt that resulted in the baseball bouncing into center field, and Tribe runners Drew Stubbs and Michael Brantley moving to third and second base, respectively. That set the stage for a clutch hit from Asdrubal Cabrera that propelled the Indians to a 3-2 victory, and made a winner of Justin Masterson after another fine outing.
Clinging to a 2-1 lead in the eighth, Thornton allowed a leadoff infield single to Stubbs before walking Brantley. The left-hander hoped to catch Stubbs sleeping at second base, but instead created a great scoring chance for Cleveland. With two outs, Cabrera ripped the first pitch he received into center, plating two runs to put the Tribe ahead for good.
That helped Masterson (4-1, 1.85 ERA) pick up the victory following seven solid innings for the Indians (8-10), who have won three of their past four games. The big sinkerballer allowed two runs on four hits and finished with five strikeouts and four walks.
Cabrera slipped on the steps walking from the clubhouse to the dugout before the game and used his left arm to break the fall. He still started and batted twice in the first inning of the Indians’ 19-6 win. He singled off Philip Humber and scored, then grounded out off left-handed reliever Dallas Keuchel to end the inning.
“When he turned around [to bat] right-handed, it started to bother him,” manager Terry Francona said.
X-rays were negative.
“It’s a little sore right now,” Cabrera said. “It’s not a big deal. Everything’s good. I don’t feel like it was serious. A little sore. I don’t think [I’ll play Sunday]. I’ll be back soon. Maybe Monday.”