CLEVELAND: The Indians’ list of injured players never seems to get much smaller.
At the moment, eight players are on the disabled list, and a three of them — Josh Tomlin, Blake Wood and Frank Herrmann — probably will stay there for the rest of the season.
The other five can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Zach McAllister has been on the DL for only a week with a sprained right middle finger. Doesn’t sound serious and so far, it isn’t. But without careful treatment, the finger injury could turn into a small calamity.
“I think he’ll start playing catch in three days,” manager Terry Francona said Friday. “He had a good exam, but this is nothing to fool with.”
McAllister might have aggravated the injury by the way he held his curveball, but Francona said he would not be required to change his grip on the pitch.
The Tribe has been without closer Chris Perez for three weeks because of a sore shoulder. However, Perez has advanced to the point where he’s begun throwing bullpen sessions.
“He didn’t command the ball that well,” Francona said. “But that’s no surprise [considering his inactivity]. More than likely he will go out on a rehab assignment Sunday.
“We don’t know where yet. All our teams [Columbus, Akron, Lake County] are on the road. We’ll talk to Chris and see where the best place for him to go is. We’re hoping he might be there for one day, but we’ll see.”
Asdrubal Cabrera has been missing from the lineup since June 3 with a strained quad.
“He’s doing really well,” Francona said. “We just can’t put a day on it [when he’ll return]. It’s a muscle, and when it heals, it heals.
“But he’s doing everything in his power to get back, including sitting in a chair and playing catch. The two to four weeks [estimate of his absence] is going to be pretty close.”
In the meantime, Mike Aviles is playing shortstop.
Lou Marson has been out with a strained shoulder since the last week in April. He recently visited Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala.
“The reports came back fairly good,” Francona said. “Structurally, there is nothing that has to be done. We go on symptoms, and he’ll still be shut down for a while.”
Brett Myers (right elbow inflammation) recently was moved from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL to accommodate a 40-man roster move. However, that will not affect the timetable for his return.
“He should be cleared to throw off the mound in the next few days,” Francona said.
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