"He was feeling so good that before I left the ballpark [Tuesday night], he was bombarding me with text messages about being able to play today," Indians manager Manny Acta said.
When fielding a grounder in the hole at shortstop in the third inning of Tuesday's 9-2 loss to the Yankees, Cabrera turned his right ankle while planting to throw. After a brief jog, he remained in the game. But when Cabrera's spot in the order came up an inning later, Lonnie Chisenhall took his place.
"He didn't want to come out of the game," Acta said. "He kept telling me he could play."
Cabrera's insistence made it easier for Acta to pencil his All-Star shortstop in the lineup for Wednesday's contest.
"He said he's fine," Acta said. "Why should we give him a day [off]? Cal Ripken Jr. played over 2,000 games in a row. He's only played 80-something games."
Cabrera played in each of the Indians' first 84 games entering Wednesday. A broken left forearm limited him to 97 games in 2010. Acta said he even returned early from that injury.
The Indians' iron man won't have the benefit of extra rest during next week's All-Star break, since he'll represent the club for the first time in Phoenix. Because of that, Acta said he's going to try to rest Cabrera once during the team's upcoming series against Toronto.
"He never wants out of the lineup -- never," Acta said. "I really have to negotiate hard with him just to give him days off.
"He's been telling me for three months now: 'I'll let you know. I'll let you know. I'll let you know.'"