Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) - LATEST ON DONALD – Indians utility man Jason Donald said he felt like he had gotten shot (then reminded me he has never been shot, but if he had, this is how it would have felt) when he was hit on the wrist Friday night by a 95 MPH fastball from Tigers starter Justin Verlander.
Lucky for him, X-rays showed no breaks in his wrist, and he said it was just a bad bruise as he sits out Saturday’s game vs the Tigers.
Manny Acta said that Donald could be used as a pinch-runner if need be, and is officially listed as day-to-day. Donald said he got a shot in the wrist Friday night, and was at Progressive Field at 9am Saturday getting treatment on it with hopes of being back Sunday or Tuesday.
CABRERA RETURNS – Asdrubal Cabrera was back in the Indians lineup on Saturday, this after missing five games with a sprained right wrist. The shortstop got the go after he took batting practice and showed no issues with the wrist.
He entered Saturday’s game with a .267 average with 14 homers and 56 RBI. He injured the wrist swinging the bat a few weeks ago.
NO LUCK WITH DUCKS ON THE POND – The Tribe has had no success over the last seven games with runners in scoring position, going just 5-for-45 (.111).
The team was 0-for-7 in that stat on Friday night against Verlander and the Tigers, and now they are ranked 29th on the season hitting .231 with runners in scoring position.
TWINS SERIES – The Indians and Twins will start a series at the Prog on Tuesday, with games on Tuesday night, Wednesday night and Thursday at noon.
The pitching matchups for the series are as follows: Indians – David Huff (1-0, 0.00) vs Twins – P.J. Walters (2-4, 6.70) on Tuesday, Indians – Zach McAllister (5-7, 4.15) vs Twins – Liam Hendriks (0-7, 6.14) on Wednesday, and Indians – Corey Kluber (1-4, 5.48) vs Twins – Esmerling Vasquez (0-2, 7.53) at noon Thursday.