CLEVELAND: Asdrubal Cabrera isn't all the way back from a hamstring injury, but he will return to the lineup as the designated hitter tonight against the Royals.
“”I watched him go through the whole workout,’’ manager Acta said. “”He was pain free and he ran the bases. Asdrubal was very adamant that he has no issues. My expectation is that he’ll play shortstop tomorrow.’’
Cabrera said there’s no question that he will be back in the field for Wednesday’s wrap up game with the Royals.
“”I think I could have played short tonight,’’ he said. “”Tomorrow I’m going to be out there for sure.’’
Acta had at least a little concern that Cabrera might try to talk his way back onto the field even if he was not symptom free.
“”I wanted to make sure he wasn’t trying to play the hero in May,’’ the manager said. “”The running part of the workout took care of that for me. But I opted for the safe thing, to have him DH tonight.’’
Travis Hafner and Carlos Santana also are progressing.
“”He took batting practice today,’’ Acta said of Hafner, who is nursing a sore knee. “”He’s still not 100 percent, but I anticipate that I could use him off the bench if needed.''
Santana suffered a mild concussion when he was hit in the mask by a foul ball Friday night in Chicago.
“”He’s making progress,’’ Acta said. “”He’s been cleared to do cardio. Other than that, we have no timetable.’’