Cabrera will start in right field and bat sixth Sunday against the Astros, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Though he has gone an underwhelming 5-for-22 at the plate since being called up to the Indians last week, Cabrera will pick up his seventh consecutive start in right field Sunday. The ample playing time Cabrera has received thus far probably makes him a serviceable lineup option in AL-only formats, but his role will likely decline in the near future with Lonnie Chisenhall (calf) close to a return from the 10-day disabled list.
Cabrera is in the Indians' lineup for Sunday's game against the Astros, Alyson Footer of MLB.com reports. The Indians have yet to formally announce any roster moves, but Cabrera is listed in the lineup, starting in right field and batting sixth. Signed to a minor-league deal in late April, Cabrera hit .286/.286/.381 in 10 games (42 plate appearances) with Triple-A Columbus. He figures to see fairly steady playing time with several Cleveland outfielders on the DL.
Cabrera inked a minor-league deal with the Indians on Tuesday, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports. Cabrera will likely need some time to get back into shape after failing to sign with a team throughout spring training and into the regular season. Once he returns to form and regains his timing, he could get a shot with the big-league squad at some point.
Cabrera, who was reportedly looking for a two-year deal back in February according to Craig Mish of Sirius XM, remains unsigned. Other than showing up on lists of the top remaining free agents, there has been very little chatter regarding Cabrera in recent weeks. He apparently spoke with the Marlins back in February, but when he made it clear that he wanted a two-year deal, Miami chose to sign Cameron Maybin instead. While Cabrera has likely realized that no team will be handing him a two-year pact, it may still be tough for him to even land a one-year deal that is fully guaranteed. Over the last three seasons, the 33-year-old left fielder has posted just one year above replacement level (1.7 fWAR in 2016), despite playing in 150-plus games in each of those three seasons.
Cabrera is out of Saturday's lineup against the Diamondbacks, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. He is hitting .260/.295/.365 with one home run in 104 at-bats in the season's final month. Jorge Bonifacio will start in right field and hit fifth.
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