Hannahan expected back at third on Saturday

Hannahan expected back at third on Saturday

Hannahan expected back at third on Saturday
CHICAGO -- It has been two weeks since Jack Hannahan has started a game for the Indians, but the third baseman is hopeful that he can return to the field during this weekend's series against the White Sox.

"I'm feeling good," said Hannahan, who has been dealing with a persistent back injury. "I mean, I don't make out the lineup card, but I feel like I could play."

Tribe manager Manny Acta is in charge of that card and he indicated that Hannahan will likely be in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the White Sox. The third baseman first needed to go through Friday's pregame workout without any lingering problems.

"If everything works out," Acta said, "and he goes through the workout [Friday] with no issues, he probably will start tomorrow."

Hannahan's last game action came against the Red Sox on May 13, after which he developed the back injury during the team's flight to Minnesota. The third baseman has since missed 11 games, giving backup infielder Jose Lopez a chance to play on a regular basis.

Entering Friday, Lopez was hitting .353 (12-for-34) with one home run, four doubles and seven RBIs across a 10-game hitting streak in Hannahan's absence.

"I don't want to talk about that," Lopez said with a laugh. "I want to keep it going. I've played like 10 games in a row and I'm swinging pretty good. I want to keep going."

As well as Lopez has played, Acta has noted that Hannahan has hardly lost his starting role at third base. In 30 games for Cleveland this season, Hannahan has hit .287 with three homers, six doubles and 18 RBIs. The third baseman has hit .338 against right-handed pitching and .393 with runners in scoring position.