CLEVELAND: What was expected to be a 10-day absence from the lineup at most has ended Jason Donald's season.
Donald bruised a tendon in the index finger of his right hand trying to lay down a bunt. He bunted the ball directly off his finger and hasn't played since.
""I can't see him playing,'' manager Manny Acta said this afternoon. ""There's still swelling in the finger, and there are only six games left.''
Donald came to the realization he would miss the final three weeks of the schedule recently.
""I kind of came to that the last couple of days,'' he said. ""I want to feel good about the finger when I get out of here. if we were in a playoff push, it would be a different story.''
Donald had been wearing a splint on the finger, but he has been allowed to remove it. He has begun an exercise where he continually grips a bat.
""It's been improving all along,'' he said. ""But I hate not being abled to play. It's miserable. I really enjoy playing.''
The Indians did not expect Donald to play in the big leagues this year -- at least not until September --but he was called up from Columbus in May, after shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera went down with an injury. Donald ended up being switched to second, where he has played regularly.
He will end the season with a .253 batting average, 19 doubles, four home runs, 24 RBI, 39 runs and five steals (in six attempts) in 296 at-bats.
""He was thrown into the fire and he kept his head above water,'' Acta said.