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Tribe lineup takes major hit because of injuries

By Sheldon Ocker Published: May 26, 2012

   CHICAGO: The Indians will play the White Sox this afternoon with a diminished lineup after catcher Carlos Santana and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera were scratched because of injuries sustained Friday night.

   The Tribe already was missing designated hitter Travis Hafner, who suffered a knee injury Wednesday and did not play Thursday or Friday.

   Consequently, the club was without it's 3, 4 and 5 batters, and nobody knows for certain when they will return.

   Santana was struck in the mask by a foul ball Friday night and incurred a mild concussion. He has been placed on a special seven-day disabled list reserved for players with concussions.

   He cannot return to the field until he passes all the tests associated with Major League Baseball's protocol to deal with concussions.

   Cabrera left Friday night's game with tight left hamstring and is listed as day-to-day. However, even mild hamstring strains usually keep a player on the sidelines for a week.

   ""I don't think we have the depth of some clubs to absorb these types of injuries,'' manager Manny Acta said. ""We're not talking about backuip guys.''

   Hafner will be reevaluated Monday after taking a cortisone injection Thursday.

   Luke Carlin was summoned from Columbus to back up Lou Marson at the catcher position. To make room for him tohe 40-man roster, Rafael Perez was placed on the 60-day disabled list. He is eligible to be activated June 25.

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