CLEVELAND -- It has been the same story two years in a row for Asdrubal Cabrera and the Indians. As the season has progressed, the All-Star has appeared to wear down, with his statistics declining in the process.
Manager Manny Acta does not believe it is a trend, but he feels the shortstop needs to address the issue.
"It's something that he has to look into," Acta said, "and see what's going to work for him, whether it's resting more in the first half, which is something that at times you just can't afford to do. you're playing. We're here to win. Or, the preparation. Whatever it is, I'm not going to go and say that is a trend."
Acta gave Cabrera the day off on Monday and put him back into the lineup as a designated hitter for Tuesday's game against the A's. The manager has noted that the shortstop has been playing with sore legs, which have been banged up by a slew of foul balls of late.
Still, there is no denying the similarities between this season and last year.
In his first 69 games this year, Cabrera hit .300 with 11 home runs and 40 RBIs for the Indians. In the 48 games since that solid start, which earned Cabrera a spot on the American League All-Star team for the second year in a row, the shortstop has hit .238 with three homers and 13 RBIs.
Last season, Cabrera hit .294 with 16 home runs and 55 RBIs in his first 91 games and then hit .240 with nine homers and 37 RBIs in 60 games down the stretch.
"He's had a pretty decent season," Acta said. "His numbers are not going to be like last year and he can't do it all by himself. You have to have people on base and people around you doing well in order for you to drive in runs and stuff like that.
"I think he's been pretty consistent, and it hasn't been as bad as it was last year. He just had an unbelievable first half last year, too. It was tough to match."
Acta said he will monitor Cabrera's playing time closely over the final month.
"I'm not syaing that he's going to play every single game," Acta said. "We are going to rest him a little bit."