On Monday, Cabrera said the cramp he felt while running to first base during a first-inning single was nothing more than that -- a cramp -- and the shortstop insisted he could have played through the issue. That said, he understood why Cleveland took a cautious approach.
"I felt normal," Cabrera said. "I could've still played and finished the game, but they made the decision to take me out of the game. They're the boss."
Initially, Cabrera stayed in the game, but he was removed for a pinch-runner after advancing to third base following a pair of walks. Cabrera noted that he ran aggressively from second to third to test out the knee, and he said he did not feel any more tightness.
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Even so, the Indians decided to give Cabrera a day off on Monday, though their tilt against the Royals was rained out. Indians manager Manny Acta said the shortstop will return to the lineup on Tuesday, when Cleveland takes on the D-backs in Scottsdale.
"He's fine," Acta said. "It was just a typical cramp. We just didn't want to take any chances."
Through 12 Cactus League games this spring, the 25-year-old Cabrera has hit .424 with a .513 on-base percentage, two home runs, three doubles and five RBIs. He said he has had no lingering issues from the left forearm injury that sidelined him for roughly two months last season.
"It's fine now," Cabrera said. "I'm ready for the season."