CLEVELAND -- Indians third baseman Jack Hannahan was out of the lineup for the eighth consecutive day Tuesday with tightness in his back. Manager Manny Acta said Hannahan would take part in all of the team's pregame activities, and then a decision would be made about his availability off the bench Tuesday night against the Tigers.
"It's gradually getting better," Hannahan said. "I'm still a little slower than I'd like to be. Today's going to be a big day."
While the Indians are hopeful Hannahan can return to the starting lineup soon, Jose Lopez has performed well in his absence. Entering Tuesday, Lopez was 9-for-25 (.360) with five RBIs since Hannahan's injury, and he's reached base in 10 of his last 20 plate appearances. He was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs Sunday against the Marlins.
"He's a proven veteran," Acta said. "That's why we like what he did in Spring Training and why we left him on the team. We feel like he's not too far removed from the player he was in Seattle. He's still got juice in that bat. He's stepped up big time for us in the time when Jack has been out."
Lopez's best season for the Mariners came in 2009 when he batted .272 with 25 home runs and 96 RBIs. He has a career .263 average.