Cabrera returns to Tribe, Lewis to return to Columbus
By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com
Asdrubal Cabrera is back, ahead of schedule.
Cabrera was activated off the disabled list in advance of Tuesday’s game with the Twins and immediately slotted back into the leadoff spot of manager Manny Acta’s order. To make room for Cabrera, reliever Jensen Lewis was designated for assignment and is expected to be assigned to Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday.
A 2-for-4 night in which he belted a solo shot for Double-A Akron on Monday proved to be the final test in his Minor League rehab assignment. Cabrera was working his way back from the right forearm fracture he suffered May 17 in Tampa Bay, when he collided with teammate Jhonny Peralta near second base. He showed no signs of rust during the rehab. In six games at Akron and Class A Mahoning Valley, Cabrera went 7-for-20 (.350) with three doubles, a homer and three RBIs.
“I hit pretty good down there,” he said.
With Cabrera back, the Indians have to decide what to do with Jason Donald, who had been filling in at short, and Jayson Nix, who had taken over at second base. Acta said Monday that the Indians will either keep Donald as their regular second baseman and make Nix a utilityman, or use Nix at second and option out Donald to play every day in Columbus.
Perhaps providing a clue, Acta penciled Donald in at second base Tuesday night and had Nix in left field.
UPDATE: Donald is now the starting second baseman. Nix is going into a utility role.
Cabrera is here because of the Austin Kearns knee injury and a Michael Brantley shoulder injury last night. Neither injury appears serious. Both players are day to day. But the Indians needed a position player, and Cabrera was deemed ahead of Choo, in terms of readiness to be activated.
Regarding Jensen Lewis, I’m told the designation for assignment is a technicality that the Indians had to perform because he was only with the Major League club for a few days. He is on optional waivers (not outright waivers) and will probably be back on the 40-man shortly. The Indians said he is expected to be optioned to Columbus tomorrow.
Here’s the full story on Cabrera coming back.