CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 25: Michael Brantley #23 of the Cleveland Indians hits a three run home run during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Progressive Field on August 25, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
If there's no setbacks, Chisenhall could be back with the Indians in mid-September, and regardless of how much time he gets at the major-league level this season will play in winter ball. With Jack Hannahan reverting to his career offensive norms this season, Chisenhall is a virtual lock to start next season as the starting third baseman.
For an outsider, it's easy to spot trends but more difficult to determine whether the cause of that trend is just a plain slump or a result of something else. In this case, Cabrera has apparently been from sore legs of late thanks a cumulative effect from foul balls:
"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."
Cabrera appeared in 151 games last season, and has played in 116 of 125 games this season. A lack of credible backup is the main reason why he hasn't had more days off in the middle of the season, but with Donald and Lillibridge now on the roster and the DH spot open, there should be plenty of opportunities to give Cabrera either a partial (DH) or full day off, especially with the Indians well out of contention.
From a statement from Armstrong's family:
For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.