Sore legs may be behind Asdrubal's slump

Sore legs may be behind Asdrubal's slump

Sore legs may be behind Asdrubal's slump
CLEVELAND -- There have been a few occasions over the past couple of weeks when Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera has run slowly up the first-base line on outs. It could have been perceived as a lack of hustle.

On Saturday, Indians manager Manny Acta noted that Cabrera has been playing through some leg soreness of late.

"The guy, he toughs it out," Acta said. "He goes out there. This last week, his legs are a little beat up. He's [hit] a ton of foul balls below his knees from both sides of the plate, and at times he was a little beat up.

"But he likes to be out there, and he likes to play. He toughs it out."

Following Friday's 3-1 loss to the Yankees, Acta made a point to mention that the switch-hitting Cabrera has been spending extra time lately working on his swing mechanics from the right side. The manager felt the hard work paid dividends when Cabrera belted a solo home run off New York lefty CC Sabathia in the fourth inning.

Acta expanded on that topic prior to Saturday's tilt at Progressive Field. On the season, Cabrera is hitting .297 against left-handers, compared to .270 against righties. Over the past 26 games, during which the Indians have gone 4-22 as a team, the All-Star shortstop has hit at a .359 clip off left-handed pitchers.

Through 115 games this year, Cabrera has hit .279 with 14 home runs, 29 doubles and 53 RBIs. In his last 46 games dating to July 2, though, the shortstop has hit just .249, seeing his average drop 21 points.