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06/11/08 6:50 PM ET
Finger sprain sidelines Tribe's Barfield
If middle digit on left hand doesn't improve, DL stint possible
By Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com
CLEVELAND -- Josh Barfield was held out of the Indians' starting lineup and batting practice Wednesday because of the left middle finger sprain he suffered Tuesday against the Twins. If Barfield remains unable to swing a bat Thursday, a trip to the 15-day disabled list might be on the horizon. "If he's not able to swing the bat, it's a potential DL situation," Wedge said. "But if he's good to go, he's good to go." Obviously, that's the scenario the Indians are rooting for. The Tribe just promoted Barfield from Triple-A Buffalo on Monday and optioned Asdrubal Cabrera to the Bisons. Cabrera, therefore, won't be eligible to return to the club until June 19, so the Indians would have to make Jamey Carroll the regular at second base and promote someone from Buffalo -- perhaps Jorge Velandia or Aaron Herr -- to fill the utility role. Wedge would not say who the Indians would consider for the callup, if need be. "We have options," he said. The Indians, though, hope to avoid using them. Barfield, 0-for-6 since his promotion, suffered the injury in the fourth inning, when he checked his swing in an at-bat against Scott Baker. He finished the at-bat, then was replaced by Carroll, who also started Wednesday's game.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.