KANSAS CITY -- Another day, another injury for the Indians.
All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera exited Cleveland's 5-4 victory over the Royals on Friday during the third inning with a left knee contusion. Cabrera began the home half of the frame in the field, before limping off and heading to the clubhouse.
Indians manager Manny Acta noted that Cabrera underwent X-rays, which came back negative for structural damage. Cabrera is considered day to day with the injury, and it is unclear whether he will be recovered in time to play on Saturday or Sunday against the Royals.
"He's banged up," Acta said. "But we took him for X-rays and it's normal -- negative. We're going to evaluate him when he shows up [on Saturday]."
In the top of the third inning, Cabrera fouled a pitch from Royals lefty Bruce Chen off his front leg. The ball struck the shortstop on the inside of the knee. Later in the at-bat, Cabrera pulled a pitch over the left-field wall for a two-run home run to help the Indians to a 4-0 lead.
That blast was Cabrera's team-leading 22nd of the season. In 133 games for Cleveland this season, the shortstop has hit .278 with 29 doubles, 79 runs scored and 80 RBIs. Cabrera also has 16 stolen bases.
Cleveland, which is trying to gain ground on first-place Detroit in the American League Central, can ill-afford to lose Cabrera.
The Indians are currently without center fielder Grady Sizemore (right knee), right fielder Shin-Soo Choo (left oblique), left fielder Michael Brantley (right wrist), designated hitter Travis Hafner (right foot) and second baseman Jason Kipnis (right hamstring). Starters Carlos Carrasco and Josh Tomlin are also out with right elbow injuries.
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.