Cleveland Indians place 2B Asdrubal Cabrera on the DL

by Keith Hernandez on June 3, 2009 @ 01:00:00 PDT

 


The Sports Network reports the Cleveland Indians placed second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, June 3, with a left shoulder subluxation.

In a corresponding move, the team recalled second baseman Josh Barfield from Triple-A Columbus.

Cabrera was in the midst of a solid season and was looking extremely comfortable while hitting leadoff for the Tribe. In 53 games he is batting .316 with two home runs and 27 RBIs. He also has seven stolen bases in eight attempts.

With Cabrera on the disabled list, infielder Jamey Carroll figures to receive the immediate boost in playing time at second base. Barfield and infielder Luis Valbuena could also see a few starts.

The veteran Carroll is hitting .297 with five runs in 37 at-bats this year. The average could come down slightly (he has a .333 BABIP), and he has just a .273 career average. He doesn't offer much power, either, and has attempted just one steal this year.

Cabrera has been one of the few bright spots in the Indians' lineup this year, and he has treated his fantasy owners to some respectable numbers. His shoulder injury could be quite serious though, as he had to have it popped back into place Tuesday, June 2. He has been too good to drop in mixed leagues so stash him on a DL spot.

Carroll has solely in AL-only leagues, mainly if you need a boost in batting average or are looking for at-bats. He isn't going to provide you with much else.

Barfield and Valbuena do not project to have much fantasy value moving forward.

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About Keith Hernandez

Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.

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