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Indians switch 15-year veteran Cabrera to 3B

CBSSports.com wire reports

CLEVELAND -- After 15 major league seasons and 1,900 games, Indians veteran infielder Orlando Cabrera is trying a new position -- third base.

Cabrera, who has played his entire career at either shortstop or second base, was switched to third by Cleveland manager Manny Acta for Monday's series opener against Colorado. Acta said the club discussed the possibility of Cabrera playing some third when they signed him as a free agent in February.

Acta said the move gives the Indians more flexibility. Jack Hannahan started 59 games and Adam Everett 11 at third for the Indians this season.

Acta is confident Cabrera, who never even played third in the minor leagues, can handle his new duties.

Going into Monday's game, Cabrera had played 1,804 games at short and 96 at second.

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