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Tribe places Asdrubal on bereavement list

Tribe places Asdrubal on bereavement list

Tribe places Asdrubal on bereavement list
SEATTLE -- The Indians are expecting to be without their All-Star shortstop for the next six games. On Tuesday, Cleveland placed Asdrubal Cabrera on baseball's bereavement list in light of the death of his grandfather.

Cabrera has returned to his native Venezuela to be with his family and Indians manager Manny Acta indicated that the shortstop is unlikely to rejoin the team until the club returns to Cleveland for its next homestand, beginning on April 24.

"All I can tell you is that he was pretty shaken up," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "It was his grandpa, who was a very important person in his life. ... He's going to Venezuela and he's probably going to miss the rest of the road trip."

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With Cabrera temporarily out of the fold, the Indians recalled left-handed reliever Nick Hagadone from Triple-A Columbus to assume the vacated spot on the active roster. Hagadone will shift to the bullpen, giving the Tribe eight relief options at the moment. Acta said the Tribe likely will stick with that roster alignment until Cabrera's return.

"Unless somebody gets hurt and I really need an infielder up here," Acta said, "I think we'll be OK. The only way we'll make a move is if something strange happens in the next couple of days and Nick has to be overused or something."

According to Major League Baseball's guidelines, a player must remain on the bereavement list for a minimum of three days and a maximum of seven. Acta said Cabrera likely will utilize the entire week, leaving the Indians a player short for the next six games through Seattle and Oakland.

Through eight games this season, Cabrera has hit .282 (11-for-39) with two home runs, three doubles, three RBIs and eight runs scored.

While Cabrera is away from the ballclub, Cleveland's top alternative for shortstop is utility man Jason Donald, who was in the starting lineup at short and in the No. 9 hole for Tuesday's game against the Mariners. Acta noted that Indians third baseman Jack Hannahan represents the backup option to Donald on the current big league depth chart.

The 26-year-old Hagadone -- a native of Seattle -- turned in 5 1/3 shutout innings in four appearances out of the Columbus bullpen so far this season. Hagadone, who posted a 2.53 ERA in nine Spring Training games for the Tribe, had a 4.09 ERA in his first taste of the big leagues last season, when he spent nine games with the Major League team.

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