Well, Manny Acta said the Indians would have to see how both Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana were doing when the team got to the park on Saturday, and it looks like both will not be able to go in the second game of the series. Both young stars were removed from Friday’s game as a “precaution” and they’re going to be held out again as the Indians try to avoid further injury which could derail what appears to be a contending season.
So Acta will put out an significantly inferior lineup against the dominating Jake Peavy on Saturday. Both Cabrera and Santana are down, and Travis Hafner was already out, staying back in Cleveland to have his sore right knee treated. The little bit of good news is the return of Jack Hannahan, who the Tribe desperately needed on the left side of the infield. Jose Lopez will DH and hit cleanup in this murderers’ row, and he’ll be protected by Casey Kotchman and Johnny Damon. Juan Diaz, who was promoted yesterday from Akron, will play short in place of Asdrubal and bat 8th, while Laser Lou will fill in for Santana and bat 9th.