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Asdrubal returns to lineup for Tribe

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was back in the starting lineup against the Reds on Saturday at Goodyear Ballpark in the last Spring Training game for both teams, a 9-1 victory for the Indians.

Cabrera missed a week of Cactus League action with back spasms he sustained taking some swings in the batting cage before the game here this past Sunday.

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He was recovered enough to play in a Minor League game on Saturday, and manager Terry Francona projected Cabrera as a go for Tuesday night's opener against the Blue Jays in Toronto.

"Yeah, he's fine," Francona said. "He had five or six at-bats and actually wound up playing shortstop yesterday. So, he's also fine for Tuesday. I gave him the option to DH today, but he wanted to play [shortstop] so he's good. I don't think there was ever a concern about him getting ready to play. It was just getting him enough at-bats where he could shake some rust off."

Cabrera is batting .273 (9-for-33) this spring with three doubles, a triple, a homer, seven RBIs and seven runs scored in 19 games. He went 0-1 Saturday in two plate appearances and was replaced by a pinch-runner after he walked with one out in the third. A two-time American League All-Star, he hit .270 with 35 doubles last season.

Jason Giambi, who made the team earlier in the week, is the lone injury question mark heading into the season. The 42-year-old is on the disabled list because of a sore back and is eligible to be activated on April 9.

Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow@boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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