As expected, shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was out of the lineup on Thursday due to a sore right wrist. Cabrera, who has battled the issue all month, exited Wednesday's 6-4 loss to the Twins in the eighth inning.
Designated hitter Travis Hafner, who was activated from the disabled list on Wednesday following a bout with a back injury, received a scheduled day off on Thursday. Hafner will likely play three times per week down the stretch.
The Indians entered Thursday with a 24-35 record against the American League Central this season. Cleveland (with 13 division games remaining) has not ended a year with fewer than 30 wins within the division since going 21-30 in 2000.