09/15/12 4:47 PM ET
Wrist feeling better, Asdrubal returns to lineup
By Zack Meisel / MLB.com
Cabrera responded well to treatment on his sprained right wrist and was pain-free after a batting practice session on Saturday. Aside from a one-inning cameo as a defensive replacement on Thursday, Cabrera hadn't played since Sunday.
"He went through batting practice and felt no discomfort," said Indians manager Manny Acta. "Going forward, we're still going to have to monitor that. But he's good to go."
While one middle infielder returned to the batting order, another received a day off. Acta sat second baseman Jason Kipnis in favor of Cord Phelps.
"I'm just trying to get Phelps in there and rest Jason so he can finish strong," Acta said.
Donald bruised, not broken, by Verlander heater
CLEVELAND -- Jason Donald was struck by a Justin Verlander fastball and he lived to tell about it.
Donald departed in the seventh inning of Friday's 4-0 loss to Detroit after taking a heater to his right forearm. He suffered a bone bruise and X-rays came back negative for a fracture.
"It was painful," said Donald, who suffered a fractured left hand during Spring Training last year from a Gavin Floyd heater. "It's just a day-to-day thing, though."
The Indians will monitor Donald's progress throughout the weekend. He had his arm wrapped prior to Saturday's tilt with the Tigers.
"He's pretty sore," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "He's available to run and play defense, but nothing else."
To Donald's benefit, Verlander's fastball was only clocked at 95 mph. The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner and Most Valuable Player Award winner often flirts with triple digits on the radar gun.
"I got one from Verlander," Donald said. "And I survived."
Carrasco roughed up in Minors rehab outing
CLEVELAND -- In his latest outing, Carlos Carrasco couldn't contain the opposition.
The right-hander, continuing his recovery from Tommy John surgery, tossed the first two innings of Double-A Akron's 11-7 loss in Game 3 of the Eastern League Championship Series on Friday.
Carrasco surrendered four runs on four hits in two innings. He served up a three-run homer to Trenton's Zoilo Almonte in the first frame. It was the third rehab outing for Carrasco, who hurled a scoreless inning in each of his first two appearances.
In his first two appearances, Carrasco reportedly touched 98 mph on the radar gun. The Indians expect the 25-year-old to compete for a spot in their rotation next season.
"We feel that Carrasco coming back is going to add a lot to our pitching staff," Tribe skipper Manny Acta said.
Quote to note
"When people say you win with pitching and defense, it doesn't mean bullpen and defense."
-- Indians manager Manny Acta, on the starting rotation's struggles this season
The Cleveland bullpen entered Saturday's action having worked 13 consecutive inning without allowing an earned run. Indians relievers have compiled a 2.66 ERA over the team's past 20 contests.
Each of Cleveland's remaining games will be against American League Central foes.