Friday night at US Cellular field went from bad to worst in the late innings, as both Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana were taken out of the game with apparent injuries. Manny Acta removed Cabrera in the 7th inning with what was later called hamstring tightness. Santana left the game in the 8th inning after taking a foul ball off his facemask. With Tribe already playing without Jack Hannahan and Travis Hafner, who stayed back in Cleveland with a sore knee, Friday night could have been a catastrophic turning point in what seemed to be a season on the rise for the Tribe.
After the game, Acta said that both were removed as a precaution during the blowout loss to the Sox. The manager told MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian that both could have likely continued to play, but with the outcome not in doubt, discretion was the better part of valor. He did not say if both would be ready to go on Saturday, taking a wait-and-see approach. The recently promoted Juan Diaz, who was originally slated to stay with the big league club until Monday when Josh Tomlin returns, would spell Cabrera at shortstop if he cannot go. According to Acta, Santana complained of dizziness after taking the foul ball off the mask. He will be re-evaluated with Cabrera before Saturday’s game.
[Related: Hafner does not travel with team to Chicago]