On the disabled list since mid-May with a fractured forearm that required surgery, Asdrubal Cabrera went 2-for-6 with a double in his first two rehab games at Single-A and is scheduled to move up to Double-A tonight.
Cabrera is more or less right on schedule with the 8-10 week timetable he was given at the time of the injury and sounds optimistic about returning to Cleveland by the end of the month:
Everything is going good right now. I feel good. I’m starting to feel a little bit stronger, too, and that’s the most important thing for me. I don’t know for sure how many games I’ve got in Akron. I think I’ve got to play more than two games. I’ve got to go to the trainer, depending on how I feel and how everything is going. I think I’m playing a couple more, around five, six games, then I’m going back to the team.
Jason Donald has filled in for Cabrera at shortstop, starting 38 of 52 games there while hitting .274/.329/.455, and the 25-year-old acquired from the Phillies in the Cliff Lee trade figures to remain in the lineup at second base (or maybe third base, if the Indians find a taker for Jhonny Peralta) once Cabrera returns.
Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.
Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.
The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.
If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.