CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Indians got one of their walking wounded back Tuesday.
Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera returned to the lineup at DH and will bat third for the second game against the Royals.
“He’s pain free,” manager Manny Acta said. “He’s very adamant that he has no issues.”
Cabrera, who was sidelined with a sore left hamstring, took early batting practice and ran in the outfield before being cleared to play.
Cabrera went to Acta after the original lineup was posted to tell him that he was good to go.
“I feel pretty good,” Cabrera said. “I was feeling ready to play yesterday but they wanted me to take a day and don’t do anything stupid. I don’t want to lose a month or two (by coming back too soon).”
Acta, who revised his lineup card after Cabrera was cleared, said that he expects Cabrera to return to shortstop for Wednesday afternoon’s series finale.
Starting Cabrera at DH is Acta’s way of easing him back.
“We just want to make sure that he’s O.K. and that he’s not trying to play a hero in May,” Acta said. “He assured us that there’s nothing wrong with him and that he was ready to go.
“Just to be on the safe side I opted for the DH.”
Cabrera sustained the injury during last Friday night’s loss at Chicago.
He is hitting .301 with five home runs and 20 RBI in 39 games this season for the Indians.
Acta added that designated hitter Travis Hafner continues to make progress and is available to come off of the bench if needed Tuesday.
Hafner, who has missed the last five games with right knee inflammation, took batting practice and also ran but is not 100 percent.
Acta wouldn’t speculate on when Hafner would return to the lineup other than he is being evaluated daily.
“I can’t guess any of that stuff,” Acta said.
Catcher Carlos Santana remains on the DL with a concussion but continues to make progress. He was cleared for light cardiovascular activities the team announced.