CLEVELAND -- Jack Hannahan has been a valuable piece within the Indians' offense through the season's first six weeks and the club does not want to risk losing the third baseman for an extended period of time.
That explains why Hannahan was not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the White Sox at Progressive Field. The third baseman is currently nursing a sore left groin, but the injury is not considered serious.
"He tweaked it a little bit while swinging the bat last night," Indians manager Manny Acta said on Wednesday afternoon. "He's playable, but we want to be on the safe side and keep him out tonight. Hopefully, we'll have him tomorrow and not make it any worse."
Entering Wednesday, Hannahan was hitting .291 with two home runs and 16 RBIs in 26 games. He would have seemed to be a logical choice to put in the lineup, considering Chicago had righty Jake Peavy on the hill for the series finale. Hannahan headed into Wednesday's action batting .339 against right-handers.
Hannahan indicated that he expects to be able to return to the lineup on Thursday, when Cleveland opens a four-game set with the Red Sox in Boston. On Tuesday, the third baseman went 2-for-4 in a 5-3 loss to the White Sox. Over his past five games, Hannahan hit .214 (3-for-14).