On Tuesday, even as he tried to be optimistic, Ryan Raburn did not rule out a trip to the disabled list with inflammation in his left heel.
That proved to be prophetic Wednesday as the Indians placed the outfielder on the 15-day disabled list and purchased the contract of outfielder Matt Carson from Class AAA-Columbus. Because his move was retroactive, Raburn is eligible to be activated on Tuesday.
The Indians will announce a 40-man roster move before Wednesday night’s game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.
Raburn missed 10 of the last 11 games, playing only on Aug. 18, with soreness in his left foot. He said he’s battled calf injuries virtually all season. A leader off the bench, Raburn is batting .270 with 14 doubles, 15 home runs and 41 RBI in 70 games.
"It’s definitely gotten better. I’m itching to get back out there, but my main concern is I don’t want to hurt it, especially with a month left," Raburn said Tuesday. "As long as I don’t hurt it any worse, that’s what we’re trying to find out.."
Asked how he was limited by the injury, Raburn said, "Taking off and slowing down really bothers me. It’s a matter of how hard I can go and be productive on the field.
"It’s really frustrating, especially of how close we are right now. ... Having to deal with calf injuries all year. Your legs are the hardest part to get through because you’re always using them."
Carson, 32, has spent all season in Columbus, where he hit .252 with 16 doubles, two triples, 14 home runs and 49 RBI. He also has 14 steals in 18 attempts. He’s hitting .270 vs. left-handers and has played all three outfield spots for the Clippers.