CLEVELAND: It took a utility player to snap the Indians' two-year drought for American League Player of the Week awards.
Ryan Raburn is the first Tribe player to be so honored since April 11, 2011, when Asdrubal Cabrera won it.
In five games last week, Raburn batted .591 (13-for-22) with one double, four home runs, nine RBI and five runs. He led all major leaguers for the week in slugging percentage (1.182) and total bases (26) and was tied for the lead in on-base percentage (.591).
A minor injury to Nick Swisher moved Raburn off the bench and into the lineup.
Raburn isn’t the typical utility player, even though he plays second base and two outfield positions. There have been times in his career when he has crashed the regular lineup.
Last year, he broke camp as the Tigers’ everyday second baseman, but a .171 batting average made him expendable to the organization, which released him at season’s end.
“”I think needed a change of scenery,’’ said Raburn, who until 2012 had been a respectable hitter. “”You have to forget the past, have fun and play the game. I forgot how much fun this game is.''
In other Tribe news, Brett Myers (inflamed right elbow) will throw a bullpen when the team goes to Detroit to play the Tigers over the weekend. He will throw another bullpen when the Yankees come to Progressive Field for a makeup doubleheader on Monday.