Buck hopes to avoid DL with strained hamstring

Buck hopes to avoid DL with strained hamstring

CINCINNATI -- The last thing Travis Buck wants to do is wind up on the disabled list for the Indians, especially after a variety of health woes led to five stints on the shelf over the course of the past four seasons.

"I think I've used my allotment up of DL time over the past couple years," Buck said. "That's out of the question."

Buck sat out a 3-1 loss on Saturday with a mild left hamstring strain -- suffered during the fifth inning of Cleveland's 8-2 win over Cincinnati one night earlier. Buck, who is day to day, still felt sore but was confident that he would recover in time to avoid a sixth career trip to the DL.

Indians manager Manny Acta indicated that Buck would be reevaluated by head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff over the course of the next couple days. Acta added that Buck, who has been the Tribe's regular right fielder with Shin-Soo Choo (broken left thumb) on the 15-day DL, was available off the bench.

"In an emergency," Acta clarified.

Buck said that pain flared up in the fifth inning, when he was a few steps shy of first base while running out a two-run single. The outfielder was considering trying for a double, but discomfort shot through his leg when he began to accelerate. Buck exited the game and was given a day off for treatment on Saturday.

"It's pretty tight," Buck said. "Fortunately enough, hopefully I caught it before it got a lot worse. ... Obviously, I don't want to push it. I don't want it to get worse. It's not bad. It's just trying to loosen it up a little bit."

Buck said the frustrating part of the injury was the timing. Over his past six games, Buck hit .333 (6-for-18) with three doubles and three RBIs. He said he was doing better at driving the ball up the middle and to the opposite field -- an approach that has worked well in the past.

"I've been really working on it in batting practice," Buck said. "It's definitely good to feel that it's working. I'm glad I'm starting to help out the team on a more consistent basis. Obviously, [the injury] is disappointing, but it's just a little bump in the road."