Asdrubal hopes to return to lineup on Thursday

Asdrubal hopes to return to lineup on Thursday

CLEVELAND -- Asdrubal Cabrera wants everyone to know that he feels perfectly fine.

"I'm much better today," Cabrera said, adding that others were much more concerned about his mid-back strain than he was. "I feel normal."

The Indians shortstop suffered the strain during a swing in his final at-bat of the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the White Sox. Following the 4-3 win, he said the pain had subsided.

Cabrera, who manager Manny Acta said would have received the nightcap off anyway, did not play Tuesday night and was not penciled into the starting lineup for Wednesday's contest. Still, the All-Star said he was ready to play and was available off the bench.

"I think I'll be in there [Thursday] for sure," Cabrera said.

Cabrera took some swings off a tee in the batting cages on Wednesday and played catch on the field.

"He could be used if we have to," Acta said. "I'm anticipating giving him the day today and then playing him tomorrow if he shows up even better than today."

Cabrera is batting .274 this season, including .615 (8-for-13) in his last three games. In the 16 games prior to his recent mini-surge, he hit just .115 (7-for-61). Cabrera tied the franchise record for homers by a shortstop on Tuesday with his 24th.