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04/08/09 9:10 PM ET

Carroll doesn't need hand surgery

Tribe infielder to remain sidelined four to six weeks

ARLINGTON -- The basic prognosis hasn't changed, but Jamey Carroll did receive some good news during his trip to Baltimore on Monday.

Team hand specialist Dr. Tom Graham determined Carroll does not need surgery to repair the broken metacarpal shaft in his left hand. The fracture will repair itself naturally with rest and rehab, which will take place in Cleveland.

Carroll's return-to-play timetable was going to be the same whether or not he needed surgery. He's still expected to miss four to six weeks of action.

With Carroll out of the picture, the Indians will use veteran Tony Graffanino, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Columbus on Monday, in that utility infield role. Graffanino, who can play at first, second and third base as well as left field, wasn't sure how much action he'll see, or where. He's likely to find out during a stretch of 12 games in 12 days that began Wednesday.

"I'm not sure how [manager Eric Wedge] operates late in games," Graffanino said. "But I should be able to give guys a break. I've always prepared myself to take over on an extended basis if I have to."

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.