Asdrubal, Brantley could return this weekend

Asdrubal, Brantley could return this weekend

Asdrubal, Brantley could return this weekend
CLEVELAND -- The Indians are hopeful that shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and center fielder Michael Brantley will be recovered from their respective injuries and back in the lineup by the end of the weekend.

Both Cabrera and Brantley were absent from the lineup for Friday's game against the Tigers. It's the fifth consecutive game missed by Cabrera, who has a sprained right wrist, and the second straight game Brantley has sat out with a strained left pectoral muscle.

Jason Donald manned shortstop and Ezequiel Carrera served as the center fielder on Friday.

Manager Manny Acta noted that Cabrera, who has been bothered off and on by the wrist all month, was available off the bench for defense or to hit right-handed. Cabrera's right hand is not healed enough for him to hit from the left side.

"Asdrubal is doing better," Acta said. "Hopefully, we'll be able to have him by the end of this weekend."

Through 129 games this season, Cabrera has hit .267 with 14 home runs, 31 doubles and 56 RBIs.

Brantley injured his chest while swinging in the batting cage prior to Thursday's game against the Rangers. Acta indicated that Brantley would not be available off the bench.

"Brantley is much improved," Acta said. "Same way: I'm shooting that by the end of the weekend, especially toward Sunday."

Brantley has hit .284 with six homers, 36 doubles and 58 RBIs in 138 games this season.