Timetable for Asdrubal's return remains uncertain

Timetable for Asdrubal's return remains uncertain

ARLINGTON -- Asdrubal Cabrera wants to return to the Indians' lineup as soon as possible, but it remains unclear how much more recovery time the shortstop will require before coming back from his right wrist injury.

"I want to come back," Cabrera said. "I want to finish strong. We've got almost three weeks left, so I want to be 100 percent to finish the season."

Cabrera was out of the Indians' lineup on Thursday for the fourth consecutive game, and he is scheduled to have his ailing hand re-examined on Friday in Cleveland. The shortstop is scheduled to meet with an associate of hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham.

Prior to Thursday's game against the Rangers, the switch-hitting Cabrera tested his wrist by hitting from the left side. Batting lefty -- with his sore wrist on the bottom of the bat handle -- has caused more discomfort than batting righty.

Cabrera, who said his hand felt slighly improved, has been bothered off and on by the wrist for most of September.

On the season, the All-Star shortstop is hitting .267 with 14 home runs and 56 RBIs in 128 games for Cleveland. Cabrera has slumped over his past 59 games, hitting just .228 with three homers and 16 RBIs over that span. In the previous 69 games, Cabrera hit at a .300 clip with 11 homers and 40 RBIs for the Tribe.