Indians manager Manny Acta told Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer Friday that Asdrubal Cabrera is making significant progress in his rehab from a broken left forearm.
“He’s running and throwing,” said Acta. “There’s a very good chance he
can start taking ground balls when we get home off this trip. Things are
moving a long pretty good for him.”
Cabrera was batting .287/.322/.368 over his first 136 at-bats before breaking his left forearm in an ugly collision with Jhonny Peralta on May 17. He was presented with a timetable of 8-to-10 weeks after undergoing surgery two days later. Acta seems to think Cabrera could return sooner than expected.
“By the end of this month, or perhaps the first week of so of July, he
could start swinging the bat a little bit,” said Acta. “We’re probably
shooting for the All-Star break.”
Let’s be honest, the Indians were a pretty rotten baseball team even before Cabrera went down, but they are 11-25 (.306) since May 17 and have lost six straight games and 10 out of their last 11.
The Phillies and Red Sox appear intent on pursuing free agent first baseman Carlos Santana, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports. Santana rejected a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Indians on Thursday and is expected to draw widespread interest on the market this winter. The Mets, Mariners, Angels and Indians could make a play for the infielder, though no serious offers have been made this early in the offseason.
Santana, 31, is coming off of a seven-year track with the Indians. He batted .259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs and 3.0 fWAR last season, making 2017 the fourth-most valuable year of his career to date. Although he was primarily stationed at first base over the last year, he could step back into a hybrid first base/DH role with the Red Sox, who are hurting for infield depth with Hanley Ramirez still working his way back from shoulder surgery.
As for Santana’s other suitors, the Mariners are far less likely to pursue a deal after trading for Ryon Healy last Wednesday. Neither the Mets nor the Phillies have a DH spot to offer the veteran infielder, and the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins appears to be blocking the way at first base. Then again, Santana may not find a more enticing offer outside of Cleveland, where Edwin Encarnacion might otherwise be the club’s best option at first base. During the GM meetings, Indians’ GM Mike Chernoff said he “love to have both [Santana and Jay Bruce] back” in 2018, but hasn’t backed up that love with any contract talks just yet.