Asdrubal Cabrera making progress from forearm injury

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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.

Must-Click Link: Remembering Eddie Grant the first major leaguer to die in combat

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As you get ready for Memorial Day weekend and whatever it entails for you and yours, take some time to read an excellent article from Mike Bates over at The Hardball Times.

The article is about Eddie Grant. You probably never heard of him. He was a journeyman infielder — often a backup — from 1905 through 1915. If you have heard of him, it was likely not for his baseball exploits, however: it was because he was the first active baseball player to die in combat, killed in the Battle of the Argonne Forest in October 1915.

Michael tells us about more than Grant’s death, however. He provides a great overview of his life and career. And notes that Grant didn’t even have to go to war if he didn’t want to. He was 34, had the chance to coach or manage and had a law degree and the potential to make a lot of money following his baseball career. He volunteered, however, for both patriotic and personal reasons. And it cost him his life.

Must-read stuff indeed. Especially this weekend.

The Indians are unveiling a Frank Robinson statue on Sunday

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The Cleveland Indians will unveil a Frank Robinson statue at Progressive Field on Saturday.

Robinson’s tenure in Cleveland was not long, but it was historic. On April 8, 1975, he became the first African-American manager in Major League history. He was a player-manager. One of the last ones, in fact. He spent two years in that role and then a third year — a partial year anyway — as a manager only. Robinson would go on to manage the Giants, Orioles and the Expos/Nationals, compiling a career record of 1065-1176 in 16 seasons. He is now a top MLB executive.

Robinson was, of course, a Hall of Fame player as well, lodging 21 seasons for the Reds, Orioles, Dodgers, Angels and Indians. He won two MVP awards and hit for the Triple Crown in 1966. Overall he hit 586 home runs – 10th all time – and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. For an inner-circle Hall of Famer with that kind of resume he is still, strangely enough, underrated. I guess that happens when your contemporaries are Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Mickey Mantle.

Anyway, congrats to Frank Robinson for yet another well-deserved honor in a career full of them.