LaPorta gets another day to rest ankle

LaPorta gets another day to rest ankle

ARLINGTON -- Matt LaPorta's name was missing from the Indians' lineup on Sunday, marking the second game in a row that the first baseman was omitted.

Indians manager Manny Acta indicated that LaPorta was suffering from a sore left foot after being hit by a pitch from Rangers lefty Derek Holland in the first inning on Friday night. With a scheduled team off-day on Monday, Acta felt it made sense to give LaPorta an extra day of rest to recover.

"He got hit on the foot two days ago," Acta said. "His ankle was swollen [Saturday] and he couldn't even take batting practice. He feels better and he's available today, but we decided to give him one more day off just to put it together with tomorrow's day off and have it heal completely."

LaPorta, who is hitting .241 with 10 homers and 40 RBIs through 81 games this season, was replaced at first base by utility man Shelley Duncan. LaPorta said he felt well enough to play, if needed, and the first baseman hopes to be ready to go in time for Tuesday's home game against Detroit.

"It's just sore and everything," LaPorta said. "But it's part of the game. What can you do? I ran on it [Saturday] night, just warming up and getting ready to go. It's not necessarily that I can't go in there and play. I think it's just more of a precaution."