Asdrubal Cabrera Injury: Updates on Indians Shortstop's Status

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJune 3, 2013

Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was helped off the field in the fifth inning against the New York Yankees on June 3rd with a right quadriceps strain, according to the Indians. After 23 days on the DL, he has returned. 

UPDATE: Wednesday, June 25, at 3:17 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

Great news for Indians fans as Cabrera has officially been reinstated to the 25-man big league roster as announced by the teams official Twitter feed:

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UPDATE: Tuesday, June 25, at 4:00 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

Jordan Bastian of spoke to Asdrubal Cabrera about his rehab and has an update on the shortstop's status.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, June 4, at 3:04 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

As expected, Asdrubal Cabrera has gone to the disabled list as he deals with his strained quad. Juan Diaz has been called up from Triple-A Columbus to replace him on the big league roster:

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UPDATE: Monday, June 3, at 10:59 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

The injury appears to be severe enough for the Indians already to be seriously considering sending Cabrera to the disabled list:

Jordan Bastian of describes how the injury may've occurred: 

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The 27-year-old shortstop is having a down year so far, hitting .256 with five home runs, 25 RBI and 28 runs headed into Monday's clash. That's after hitting .270 with 16 home runs, 68 RBI and 70 runs last season.

In 2011, Cabrera hit .273 with 25 home runs, 92 RBI, 87 runs and 17 stolen bases, his best offensive season in the majors.

Of course, Cabrera has been named an All-Star in two straight seasons because he's an exceptional fielder, too. With a .983 fielding percentage before Monday's game, he was third among qualifying American League shortstops.   

Locked in a tight race with the Detroit Tigers for first place in the AL Central, losing Cabrera for an extended period of time would certainly hurt the club. 

Cleveland is hoping to turn a strong start into a strong season in 2013. Last year, the club was 28-25 at this point, 2.5 games behind the Chicago White Sox for the AL Central lead. But it faltered down the stretch, ultimately finishing a dismal 68-94.