Marte strains left calf vs. Red Sox

Marte strains left calf

BOSTON -- The crutches he was using as he left the visitors' clubhouse at Fenway Park on Tuesday night didn't bode well for Andy Marte returning to action for the Indians anytime soon.

Still, for now, Marte is considered day to day after suffering a left calf strain in the second inning of the Tribe's 5-4 loss to the Red Sox.

Marte pulled up lame shortly after charging out of the box when he grounded out to short in the second inning and had to be helped off the field by head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff and manager Eric Wedge.

The Indians expect to have more information on his condition Wednesday.

"I think something in his calf popped, so we will have to see how he feels," Wedge said. "I haven't gotten the update here just yet. Obviously, he was hurting."

Virtually unused in the first half of the season, Marte has made a little case for himself as the club's third baseman of the future. The once-prized acquisition of the 2006 trade that sent Coco Crisp to the Red Sox, Marte has hit .221 with three homers and 17 RBIs in 235 at-bats this season.

But Marte has hit .291 (30-for-103) with 11 RBIs over his past 32 games, dating back to Aug. 5.

Seldom-used second baseman Josh Barfield replaced Marte in the lineup, with Jamey Carroll moving over to third. Barfield took advantage of the opportunity and tripled his 2008 hit output from one to three by going 2-for-3.

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.