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09/25/11 12:42 PM ET

Tribe shuts down Sizemore for season

CLEVELAND -- The Indians have shut down center fielder Grady Sizemore for the season, taking a cautious approach with the injury-plagued three-time All-Star.

Sizemore has played in just 71 games this season, due to a pair of right knee bruises and surgery to correct a sports hernia. The club sees no benefit in playing Sizemore at this point, with the team eliminated from postseason contention.

"That's the way we're looking at it," general manager Chris Antonetti said. "We're just taking a cautious approach. If we were a game behind the Tigers, it'd probably be a different story."

Though the 29-year-old has not played since Thursday, Antonetti stressed that Sizemore did not aggravate any of his injuries.

Sizemore, who made three trips to the disabled list, hit .224 with 10 home runs and 32 RBIs this season. Sizemore has played in just 210 games over the past three seasons after playing no fewer than 157 in each of the four previous years.

Ailing elbow renders Cabrera's return uncertain

CLEVELAND -- Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera's season could be at an end.

The All-Star, who was struck by a pitch on the right elbow in Friday's 6-5 win against the Twins, left the nightcap of Saturday's doubleheader after experiencing pain in his first at-bat.

Cabrera did not play in the opening game of the twin bill and was not in Sunday's starting lineup. The shortstop said he was not sure when he would be able to suit up again, adding that he still feels pain when he swings the bat.

"I don't know about [Monday]," Cabrera said. "I'll try to play, though."

Cabrera has been one of the Indians' few iron men, playing in 149 games. He set the franchise record for home runs by a shortstop when he slugged his 25th long ball of the season on Thursday. He is hitting .273 with 92 RBIs.

Smoke signals

• The Indians recalled outfielder Jerad Head from Triple-A Columbus prior to Sunday's game against the Twins. Head will provide outfield depth sorely needed after Trevor Crowe suffered a left shoulder strain in the first inning of the opening game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Twins. Crowe will not play again this season. Head hit .284 with 24 homers and 70 RBIs in 114 games for the Clippers. In an eight-game stint with the Tribe earlier this month, he collected two hits in 23 at-bats. To clear space for Head on the 40-man roster, the Indians transferred pitcher Josh Tomlin to the 60-day disabled list.

• First baseman Matt LaPorta will partner with SportsTime Ohio to aid earthquake relief in Haiti. On Oct. 6, LaPorta will visit Gressier Haiti, a region about 10 miles from the epicenter of the 2010 earthquake and home to Christianville, a mission with a school of four campuses and 1,200 students. The earthquake demolished the area. LaPorta will spend four days in Haiti, touring schools, support facilities and orphanages.

"It's more important about going out and being a part of something bigger than what you are, bigger than yourself," LaPorta said. "Since the earthquake, I've wanted to go over to Haiti and be a part of helping. I'm looking forward to it and am really excited about going and being over there."

Zack Meisel is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.