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Tribe gives bench boost with Raburn's return

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CLEVELAND -- The Indians regained a member of their bench on Tuesday, when the club activated utility man Ryan Raburn from the 15-day disabled list.

Raburn had been shelved since Aug. 19 due to soreness in his right wrist, but he spent the better part of the past two weeks rehabbing the injury between stops with Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus. With rosters now expanded to a maximum of 40 players this month, Cleveland did not need a subsequent move to add Raburn back to the fold.

Indians manager Terry Francona is hoping Raburn can provide a spark off the bench down the stretch.

"That would be great. That would be really good," Francona said. "If you look up at the end of the year, his stats might not reflect [his value to us], but if he has a hot three or four weeks, especially with the lefties we're facing coming up, that would be really great."

In seven Minor League rehab games, Raburn went 6-for-28.

Through 70 games this season, the 33-year-old Raburn has hit .191 with three home runs and 21 RBIs for the Tribe, though he has been bothered off and on by the wrist issue since Spring Training. The injury worsened on Aug. 13, when Raburn landed hard on a diving catch in the sixth inning of Game 2 of a doubleheader against the D-backs.

Raburn landed on the DL in the midst of an 0-for-13 skid and had posted just a .118 (4-for-34) average over his last 14 games for Cleveland. It has been a dramatic dropoff from 2013, when he hit .272 with 16 homers, 55 RBIs and a .901 OPS in 87 games for the Indians, who signed him to a two-year extension that runs through 2015.

 

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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