O. Cabrera plays third base for first time

O. Cabrera plays third base for first time

CLEVELAND -- Orlando Cabrera had appeared in 1,918 games over 15 seasons, but had never manned the hot corner until Monday.

Manager Manny Acta penciled in the Indians infielder at third base for the opening contest of the team's three-game Interleague series with the Rockies.

"He's been getting his work in over there," Acta said. "It gives us some flexibility. We want to see how he can handle that."

Cabrera wasn't sure what to expect, other than atom balls whizzing off the bats of opposing hitters.

"I'm expecting a lot of hard ground balls," Cabrera said, though he joked he wasn't sure if he would need body armor.

Acta said the idea for Cabrera to try his hand at third came about in Spring Training, and the veteran was open to it.

"I'm available for anything they want," Cabrera said. "It'll be a good challenge."