MINNEAPOLIS -- Indians right fielder Austin Kearns doesn't believe the right knee soreness that forced his early exit from Monday's 10-4 win over the Twins is anything serious. "I'm just a little banged up," he said. Kearns said that he suffered the injury diving for a ball in the outfield in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Tigers. He went on to record the game-winning hit in the extra-inning affair, and he also played Sunday. But he felt that the knee was progressing to his satisfaction as Monday wore on.
"We've got to take care of it before anything else happens," he said. Manager Manny Acta said Kearns is day to day. It appears reasonable to suspect that Kearns will be out of Tuesday's lineup. Kearns went 0-for-2 in two trips to the plate before getting pulled in the fourth inning. Shelley Duncan replaced him in right field. In 79 games this season, Kearns is batting .267 with eight homers and 41 RBIs.