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Donald out at least a week; infielder called up

By Sheldon Published: September 14, 2010

CLEVELAND: Jason Donald's misfortune is good luck for infielder Drew Sutton.

The medical reports on Donald showed a bruised tendon on his right index finger, a consequence of being hit by a pitch as he tried to lay down a bunt Saturday night against the Twins.

""He'll be out for a minimum of a week,'' manager Manny Acta said this afternoon. ""They just put him in a splint.''

Sutton was summoned from Columbus, where he has played since the Indians claimed him off waivers from the Reds on Aug. 6. Before being waived by Cincinnati, Sutton batted .264 with three home runs and 27 RBI in 84 games at Triple-A Louisville. He also played two games with the Reds, going 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI.

Since coming to the Clippers, Sutton has batted .302 with two homers and 15 RBI in 29 games. In four postseason games with Columbus, he is batting .333 (6-for-18).

Acta said Sutton will not be playing regularly, despite the injury to Donald.

""Luis Valbuena will get most of the at-bats at second,'' the manager said. ""Sutton will get some here and there.''

Sutton primarily is a middle infielder, but he has played third, first and the outfield in the minors.

The diagnosis of Mitch Talbot's sore right shoulder is expected to be completed later tonight, when he is examined by a doctor at Progressive Field. He underwent an MRI scan that did not reveal anything ""significant,'' according to Acta.

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