Asdrubal Cabrera’s status is “up in the air” with wrist injury

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Asdrubal Cabrera has missed the past two games with a right wrist injury and manager Manny Acta said yesterday that the shortstop’s potential return timetable is “still up in the air.”

Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that Cabrera is hoping to return by the end of the Indians’ current road trip, which goes through Thursday, but adds that “there are no guarantees that will be the case.”

In the meantime he might be available off the bench, although Cabrera has been bothered by wrist pain for weeks now and has gone just 6-for-50 (.120) in his last 15 games.

Cabrera hasn’t been able to duplicate the power he showed in a breakout 2011 season, but has hit .267 with 14 homers and a .753 OPS in 128 games after totaling 18 homers in his first four seasons.

Justin Verlander named ALCS MVP

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Following the Astros’ decisive 4-0 shutout over the Yankees on Saturday night, Justin Verlander was named the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series. Hall of Fame outfielder and former MLB manager Frank Robinson handed the award to Verlander, who was beaming as he thanked his teammates and members of the Astros’ organization.

“I’ve got to say, it came down to the wire, and one thing kept going off in my head was Dallas,” Verlander told the crowd gathered at Minute Maid Park. “When he called me, he said that I won’t regret my decision to join the Houston Astros. And here we are right now, it’s the best feeling in the world. We’ve got four more wins to win a World Series, and I do not regret my decision to come here. This is the best feeling a player can have. So, thank you.”

Among a cast that boasted the likes of Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Dallas Keuchel, among others, Verlander was spectacular. He locked down a complete game win in Game 2, holding the Yankees to one run on five hits and a walk and striking out a postseason-high 13 batters. In Game 6, he saved the Astros from elimination with seven scoreless innings, helping propel the club to their eventual 7-1 finish that set up their series-clinching finale on Saturday.

The 34-year-old righty also took his place among some postseason greats. Thanks to an eight-strikeout outing on Friday night, his collective 136 postseason strikeouts are good for sixth-most in MLB playoff history, just a smidgen shy of Tom Glavine (143), Mike Mussina (145), Roger Clemens (173), Andy Pettitte (183) and John Smoltz (199). He also joined Bob Gibson, Curt Schilling and Sandy Koufax as one of just four hurlers to strike out 20+ Yankees in a postseason series.