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 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.

Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.

Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.

Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.