7/22/2014 1:02 A.M. ET
Asdrubal exits game with lower back spasms
By Alex M. Smith / MLB.com
MINNEAPOLIS -- Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera exited Monday night's 4-3 loss against the Twins with lower back spasms.
Cabrera appeared to be shaken up after throwing to first on Chris Parmelee's groundout in the second inning, and he did not come to the plate in the top of the third.
"He jabbed when that ball went to short, his first step," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "And he kind of locked up, and he couldn't get it unlocked. After we took him out, it started to loosen up a little bit, but he just couldn't get it loose."
Chris Dickerson pinch-hit for Cabrera and singled home Mike Aviles to put the Indians on the board..
Cabrera is hitting .247 with nine home runs and 39 RBIs this season, and he has played in 94 of the team's 99 games. Francona listed the veteran's health status as day to day.
"A lot of it will determine how he wakes up," Francona said. "We'll see."
Tribe options Adams to make room for House
MINNEAPOLIS -- While T.J. House had long been expected to make Monday's start against the Twins, no one was sure which player would be sent back down to make room on the 25-man roster.
The answer came Monday afternoon, when rookie reliever Austin Adams was optioned to Triple-A Columbus after two disappointing appearances this month.
Despite the rough outings -- including an earned run in 1 2/3 innings against Detroit on Sunday -- manager Terry Francona viewed Adams' time with the big league club as promising.
"I think we all thought that having him here and getting acclimated would really be good for his development," Francona said. "I think it was. He's got a big arm. A nice changeup that he hasn't used a lot, but he will."
The Indians called up Adams, the club's No. 19 prospect, on July 11, and he gave up three earned runs in one-third of an inning one day later against the White Sox. After Sunday's game, the Tribe needed to make room for House. But don't be surprised to see Adams back in the big leagues soon.
"We view Austin as a guy who's going to help us in our bullpen in the future," Francona said. "The future could be two weeks from now."
Masterson to make another rehab start
MINNEAPOLIS -- Justin Masterson is going to make one more start at Triple-A Columbus before returning to the Indians.
The 29-year-old righty is on the 15-day DL with a right knee injury, and he made a five-inning start with Columbus on Sunday night. But while the Indians hoped he might be ready to return on Friday, manager Terry Francona said Masterson needs one more outing in the Minors.
"I think he probably wanted to come back and pitch," Francona said. "But I think we all thought one more start would be beneficial."
In the meantime, Friday's start is somewhat up for grabs. Josh Tomlin, who allowed four earned runs over 4 1/3 innings on Sunday at Detroit -- will likely get another chance. But Zach McAllister, currently in Columbus, is another option.
The only certainty is that it won't be Masterson, who will fly into Minneapolis to spend time working with pitching coach Mickey Callaway before returning to pitch for Columbus on Friday.
Alex M. Smith is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.