CHICAGO -- Asdrubal Cabrera was back in the Indians lineup, hitting fourth as the designated hitter, for Monday's series opener with the White Sox following a four-game absence. He was originally slotted second in the order and playing shortstop but was moved to DH when Carlos Santana was a late scratch from the lineup.
Cabrera was hit by a fastball in the left kneecap last week against the Tigers and also fouled a pitch off his right big toe. Both injuries simply required time off to heal, and Cabrera said he felt ready to go for Monday after pinch-hitting in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Orioles.
"He worked hard to kind of get back quick because he was pretty sore," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "And I don't think he feels great, but he's plenty good to play. You start getting to this point of the year where you get games under your belt and the travel, everyone feels a little beat up."
Cabrera went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and left six runners on base during Monday's 6-2 loss.
Joe Popely is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.