CLEVELAND -- Shin-Soo Choo and Asdrubal Cabrera could both be back in the Indians' lineup by the end of the month, and perhaps even by the end of next week.Both Choo and Cabrera are progressing well in their respective rehab programs. Choo (sprained right thumb) had no setbacks from a soft toss batting practice session he took here Thursday, and he's scheduled to take full BP on Saturday. Cabrera (fractured right forearm) had his Minor League rehab assignment transferred to Double-A Akron on Thursday and went 2-for-4 while playing shortstop. He was scheduled to DH on Friday. Cabrera, who has been out since mid-May, is expected to get somewhere in the vicinity of 30 at-bats in the Minors. He had 10, entering Friday. As for Choo, he might avoid going to the Minors altogether. Manager Manny Acta pointed out that Choo, who appears as if he'll avoid surgery on the thumb, is not even eligible to come off the DL yet and is already on the verge of full participation in pregame workouts. For now, the Indians hope to have Choo join them on next week's trip to Minnesota, and he could be ready to come off the DL by the end of the week, if all goes well. "He's kept himself in good shape physically," Acta said of Choo. "We're not anticipating him going down [to the Minors]. Things could change. But he hasn't lost much time. He's pretty close."
Peralta misses second-half opener with flu
CLEVELAND -- Jhonny Peralta's All-Star break was extended a bit.Peralta reported to Progressive Field for Thursday's team workout with a bad case of the flu. As a result, manager Manny Acta opted to keep Peralta out of the lineup for Friday's weekend series opener with the Tigers. "He couldn't work out [Thursday]," Acta said. "For precautionary reasons, we're giving him the day off, and he'll go through the [pregame] workout today." Acta said Peralta was feeling better Friday and would be available off the bench, if needed. Andy Marte started in place of Peralta.
Huff is candidate for Sunday start
CLEVELAND -- David Huff broke the news before the Indians could. All that remains to be seen is whether the news was accurate.A Twitter account (@dhuff11) associated with Huff announced Friday that he had been told he's making Sunday's spot start against the Tigers. But within an hour, the tweet had been deleted and the account deactivated. It appears the Indians gave Huff the news, and the left-hander didn't heed their request to keep the news under wraps. Unless, of course, the account was hacked and it wasn't Huff typing the tweet. But previous entries from that account were, indeed, from Huff. All manager Manny Acta would confirm is that Huff is a candidate for the opportunity. The Indians need a spot starter because of Saturday's doubleheader with the Tigers. Initially, the spot start was to come Tuesday in Minneapolis, but Justin Masterson was pushed back from Sunday to Tuesday. Acta said the person called up to make Sunday's spot start will be just that -- a spot starter, here for one day, then sent back down. "Unless they throw a perfect game," Acta said. Huff was optioned to Columbus last month after going 2-9 with a 6.04 ERA in 13 starts for the Tribe. His greatest accomplishment was surviving an Alex Rodriguez line drive off the head and making his next scheduled start five days later. With Columbus, Huff is 3-0 with a 4.15 ERA in four starts. "He's done well," Acta said. "He continues to work on the stuff we want him to -- his command of his fastball. It's not just about putting up good numbers down there. It's about working on the stuff he needs to work on to be successful up here." If Huff is indeed the guy for Sunday, that means the Indians have passed over right-hander Carlos Carrasco, the top arm at Columbus. Carrasco is 8-4 with a 4.10 ERA in 18 starts. Carrasco is expected to get a look in the bigs at some point soon, and right-hander Josh Tomlin (8-3, 2.58 ERA) is also under consideration. Tomlin is not on the 40-man roster.
The Indians released veteran catcher Mike Redmond on Friday. Redmond had been designated for assignment last week, when Chris Gimenez joined the Tribe, and the Indians did not find a taker for him in the trade market. Redmond was instrumental in getting Fausto Carmona back on track this season, but he played sparingly after Carlos Santana joined the team June 11, making just two starts. ... Those still in possession of their May 7 tickets may use them for Saturday's 1:05 p.m. ET makeup game or exchange them beforehand for any game during the remainder of the season, subject to availability. ... For more on the Indians, visit the CastroTurf Blog.