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No rest for the weary down the stretch for the Indians still standing

By sstorm Published: September 3, 2011

KANSAS CITY - When you play for a team that has seen one major player after another go down with an injury, it seems like the only way to be granted an off is to join the M*A*S*H list.

That's what it took for Tribe shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to earn a seat on the bench Saturday in Kansas City, nursing a left knee contusion after fouling a ball of the inside of the knee in Friday's 5-4 win.

Luckily for Cabrera, who has played in a team-high 133 of the Indians games to date this season, the injury does not appear to be serious enough for him to join the list of indefinitely sidelined players -DH  Travis Hafner, the starting outfield in Grady Sizemore, Shin-Soo Choo and Michael Brantley, as well as starting pitchers Josh Tomlin, Carlos Carrasco - to name a few.

"(Cabrera is) limping around a little bit," Tribe manager Manny Acta said before SAturday's game. "I think it would have been too much to put him out there the way he is right now. But I'm very confident that he'll be able to play (Sunday)."

One player who Acta said he hopes wont be getting the same kind of precautionary day off anytime soon is Kosuke Fukudome, despite the versatile outfielder having played in all 33 games the Indians have had since his arrival before the July 31st trading deadline.

"When Grady and Choo comes back maybe we'll have an opportunity to give him a day off," Acta said. "When they come back, hopefully we'll have enough depth to give everyone a day off here and there. But for now, he needs to play every day, every inning."



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