CLEVELAND -- Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was scratched from Saturday's lineup with a sore right wrist.Cabrera was in the original lineup, but was removed about an hour before the Indians' game against Texas. Jason Donald replaced Cabrera at short and batted eighth. Cabrera, a two-time All-Star, has struggled in the second half, batting .242 with three homers and 11 RBIs in 45 games. He's batting .103 (4-for-39) in his last 11 games and is 2-for-23 on this homestand. Manager Manny Acta has tried to help pull Cabrera out of the skid. He didn't play Monday and was the designated hitter Tuesday. Cabrera was back at shortstop Wednesday, but was ejected in the first inning for arguing with plate umpire Gary Darling after being called out on strikes. Cabrera is batting .270 with 14 homers and 53 RBIs in 121 games. He has committed 17 errors after making 15 last season.
Hernandez misses start, may be out longer
CLEVELAND -- Roberto Hernandez's rocky season has sustained another setback.The right-hander, who had to leave Monday's game with a sprained right ankle, was scratched from Saturday's start against Texas after the ankle acted up during a fielding drill for pitchers Friday. The Indians made the announcement following the 5-3 loss that Jeanmar Gomez would start in place of Hernandez. Manager Manny Acta said Hernandez's foot is in a walking boot and that he will also miss at least his next turn through the rotation. The Indians thought Hernandez would be able to pitch Saturday after he didn't experience any problems in a bullpen session Wednesday. However, that plan was scuttled, as was the plan to get an extended look at Hernandez in the final six weeks. The Indians hold a $6 million option on the pitcher's contract for next season. "Ideally, the best thing for him would be to make every one of his starts, so the front office could evaluate him and make the decision they have to make, but that's not going to happen now," Acta said. "We'll have to wait until he comes out of that boot and go from there." Hernandez allowed three runs and four hits in 2 1/3 innings Monday against Oakland. He hurt the ankle backing up home plate after Yoenis Cesepdes' double. Hernandez threw two pitches to Seth Smith and called catcher Lou Marson to the mound. Acta went to the mound and removed Hernandez from the game. Hernandez is 0-3 with a 7.53 ERA in three starts. He finally rejoined the Indians last month after being on the restricted list for age and identity fraud. Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, was arrested in January in the Dominican Republic outside the United States embassy when he tried to renew his visa. Hernandez worked out at the Indians' baseball academy in the Dominican. He was granted a visa in July and made four Minor League rehab starts before joining the Indians.
Chisenhall set to start rehabbing arm in Minors
CLEVELAND -- Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall, who has been out for two months with a broken right forearm, will begin a Minor League rehab assignment on Sunday.Chisenhall hasn't played since being hit by Baltimore reliever Troy Patton on June 29. The Indians hoped he would only miss four to six weeks, but surgery revealed the damage was more extensive than originally thought. Chisenhall, the Indians' No. 1 draft pick in 2008, was called up from Triple-A Columbus on June 1. He's batting .278 with three homers and nine RBIs in 24 games. He homered in his first at-bat for the Indans this season against Minnesota. Manager Manny Acta said Chisenhall will play five innings at third base for Columbus on Sunday. He will be designated hitter and play seven innings Monday. Chisenhall will then join Double-A Akron, which is in the Eastern League playoffs. The goal is for Chisenhall to play nine innings at third for a couple of games before he rejoins the Indians. "Obviously, he hasn't been on the field for a while," Acta said. "He needs to work on his fielding, but this is mostly about hitting, timing and strength."
Quote to note
"It's exciting. This is something we all strive for, especially as a little kid. To hear your manager and your team tell you that you're going to the big leagues, it's an amazing feeling." -- outfield callup Thomas Neal
Russ Canzler, called up from Triple-A Columbus on Friday, batted sixth and was the DH on Saturday. Manager Manny Acta said Canzler will also get playing time at first base. Canzler -- acquired in a trade with Tampa Bay in January -- has hit .265 with 22 home runs and 79 RBIs in 130 games for Columbus. He spent three games with Tampa Bay in September 2011. Outfielder Thomas Neal learned he was coming to the big leagues for the first time Friday night after Double-A Akron clinched the Eastern League's Western Division with a win over Richmond. After his teammates celebrated on the field, Neal got the word from manager Chris Tremie and coach Rouglas Odor. Neal had a 6.a.m flight from Richmond, Va. to Philadelphia and then flew into Cleveland around noon. "I got about an hour of sleep," he said. "I was up until about 3 a.m. making phone calls and packing." Neal, who will play left and right field for the Indians, hit .314 with 12 homers, 24 doubles and 51 RBIs in 117 games for Akron.
Steve Herrick is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.