ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.: The news was not encouraging for Asdrubal Cabrera, who fractured a bone in his forearm in a collision with Jhonny Peralta as both made a dash for a ground ball against the Rays Monday night at Tropicana Field.
Cabrera will visit a doctor in Baltimore Wednesday. "There's a high probability that he'll have surgery,'' manager Manny Acta said this morning.
The Indians called up infielder Jason Donald from Columbus late Monday night, and he arrived in time to take batting practice with the team today. He was immediately installed in the lineup, taking Cabrera's place at shortstop, and batted ninth.
There was no word on how long Cabrera would be out of action. "We'll find that out on Wednesday,'' Acta said. In the meantime, "Donald is here to play shortstop,'' the manager said, indicating that the rookie is likely to be in the lineup virtually every day.
But who will lead off? Cabrera has become a staple at the top of the order, one of the most important spots in the lineup. Moreover, he is one of only three players -- Shin-Soo Choo and Austin Kearns -- who have been consistently productive. Acta wrote Trevor Crowe's name in the leadoff spot today, but the manager has not made a decision who will be the No. 1 hitter in the order for the long haul.
It might be Grady Sizemore, but he has missed his second consecutive start today because of a knee bruise. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam after the team returns to Cleveland.
"When he's healthy, we'll look at that,'' said Acta, referring to Sizemore batting at the top of the order, a position he held until this year, when the manager dropped him to second.