Many players try to shake off minor injuries and maintain their spots in the batting order. All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera left Wednesday's game in the seventh inning with a sore right foot after being plunked earlier in the contest.
Cabrera was walking with a noticeable limp on Thursday afternoon but stressed that he feels OK. Manager Manny Acta initially penciled Cabrera into the lineup, but only kept him there after he took batting practice and confirmed his ability to play through the pain.
"He never wants out of the lineup. Never," Acta said after Cabrera pleaded to remain in the lineup despite a right ankle sprain sustained in early June. "I really have to negotiate hard with him just to give him days off. Even when the game is one-sided, he wants to stay out there."
Outfielder Michael Brantley, on the other hand, didn't start on Thursday for the second straight game. Brantley also sat out two games in Boston last week with a sore right wrist, and maintained on Thursday that his wrist feels well enough to play.
"I'm not concerned at all," Brantley said. "It feels fine."
Still, Acta preferred to be cautious and give him another day of rest with Tigers ace Justin Verlander on the mound.
"I think one more day off will do him good," Acta said. "It hurts when he swings and misses. It's too bad -- he's had some success against this guy, but [Verlander] makes people swing and miss."
As for right fielder Shin-Soo Choo, out since June 24 after having surgery on his broken left thumb, he suited up for Class A Lake County on Thursday, his third game with the Captains this week. Acta said that the Indians would re-evaluate Choo after Thursday's game before plotting his next move.