According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Asdrubal Cabrera injured a muscle in his back in the batting cage this morning and was subsequently scratched from the lineup for Sunday afternoon’s game against the Chicago Cubs. Manager Terry Francona indicated that Cabrera would be out of the lineup both Sunday and Monday, but given that back injuries often linger, there obviously is no guarantee the injury will be healed by then.
Cabrera’s injury evidently threw a wrench into Francona’s plan to debut his Opening Day roster this afternoon against the Cubs. Mike Aviles will replace Cabrera, resulting in the following lineup:
Cabrera Aviles (6)