Asdrubal Cabrera injury: Indians shortstop expects to return Monday

Tom Szczerbowski

Cabrera has been nursing a badly bruised wrist the last two days, but isn't planning on missing any more time.

Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was sidelined with a left wrist injury for Saturday and Sunday's games against the Astros, but is hopeful he can return to the lineup Monday for the start of the club's series in the Windy City, reports Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer.

The All-Star shortstop hurt himself when he slipped on the dugout steps about 10 minutes prior to Saturday night's game in Cleveland. Cabrera initially tried to play through the pain but pulled himself out of the lineup after the first inning, thinking that he had broken his wrist.

X-rays taken after Saturday's contest came back negative, indicating that the injury was just a bad bruise, but the infielder still sat out for Sunday's finale. Mike Aviles played short in Cabrera's absence.

The wrist injury is the cherry on top of what has been a pretty miserable start to 2013 for Cabrera. He is batting just .150/.227/.283 with two home runs through his first 67 plate appearances, providing absolutely no pop out of the No. 2 spot in an otherwise potent Indians lineup.

With Michael Bourn on the DL with a finger laceration, and Jason Kipnis having an equally terrible start at the plate, the Tribe needs Cabrera to come back strong so that they can get some reliable production out of the top of their batting order.

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