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09/17/09 8:58 PM ET

Cabrera better after injury scare

Indians shortstop fouled pitch off knee on Wednesday

OAKLAND -- Manager Eric Wedge admitted before Thursday's game against the A's that "it's been such an odd year" for the Tribe.

Hard to argue there, especially with a Major League-tying 12 rookies in tow.

The roller-coaster ride continued Wednesday when Asdrubal Cabrera left the game against the Twins after fouling a pitch off his right knee.

The ride slowed Thursday, though, with news that the shortstop is "OK."

"He'll probably need a day, obviously, but he came in here feeling better," Wedge said before the start of the Indians' four-game set in Oakland. "He's still sore. We'll probably keep him off his feet as long as we can and hopefully he'll be ready to go tomorrow. He might even be available later tonight."

That's good news for the struggling Indians, who can't afford to lose a .306 hitter, having entered Thursday's contest 4-14 since Aug. 28.

"He's been a very consistent player for us," Wedge said of Cabrera, whose batting average ranks 12th in the American League. "We've utilized him in the one-, two- and three-hole, and he's been very flexible in that regard.

"He's done a real good job for us."

Jane Lee is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.