By Matt Snyder
Indians All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was forced to exit Friday night's game against the Royals with a left knee contusion (MLB.com). It was later reported that X-Rays were negative and Cabrera is listed as day to day. He'll be re-evaluated Saturday (Jordan Bastian via Twitter).
Call it a triple crown, because Cabrera's leaving the game was out of sequence.
Cabrera first fouled a Bruce Chen pitch off his knee and appeared in pain, but stayed in the game for the rest of his at-bat. He then hit a two-run home run. Still, the pain must have gotten worse, because Cabrera was pulled from the game in the bottom of the third inning and limped down into the clubhouse.
Cabrera, 25, has been one of the more pleasant surprises in baseball this season. He came into the campaign with just 18 career home runs in over 1,400 plate appearances, but the home run Friday night was his 22nd of the season. He also has 80 RBI and 79 runs scored as the Indians remain to hover in contention in the AL Central -- something almost no one believed would happen when the season began. If they were to lose Cabrera, it would obviously be a huge blow to their chances.
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