MINNEAPOLIS -- The Indians aspired for much more than to be fighting to stay out of last place in the American League Central. But that's exactly where they find themselves with 22 games left entering Monday.
Cleveland (59-81) came into Monday's game against Minnesota (58-82) leading the Twins by one game for fourth place in the division.
"It's very disheartening to be in the position we're in right now," said right-hander Vinnie Pestano. "[From] this team's aspirations coming out of Spring Training, to battling to not be last -- that's never anything you want to do. I don't think our focus is to not be last. I think our focus is still going and trying to win every game we play."
The Indians started the month of September with a 4-4 record, a vast improvement over the club's woeful August. But as Pestano pointed out, that wasn't difficult to accomplish after the team finished 5-24 last month.
"You definitely don't want to finish the year and say we finished last in the Central," infielder Jason Donald said. "Some people will say it's not important unless you're finishing first. But I think there's a pride factor that comes in with it. We're certainly going to do everything that we can to battle it out until the end of the year."
Tribe to be cautious with Asdrubal's sore wrist
MINNEAPOLIS -- Asdrubal Cabrera was held out of the Indians lineup on Monday against the Twins due to a sore right wrist. Brent Lillibridge started at shortstop in his place and hit eighth.
Cabrera started at designated hitter in Sunday's game against Minnesota. But he left in the seventh inning because of the same soreness.
The injury doesn't appear to be serious, Cleveland manager Manny Acta said, but the club will approach the situation cautiously.
"He had X-rays [on Sunday] and got checked by their [the Twins] doctor. Everything looks normal," Acta said. "It's something that he had last week and it bothered him [Sunday] swinging the bat."
Cabrera originally experienced the soreness in batting practice prior to the team's game against the Rangers on Sept. 8 and was scratched from the lineup as a result.
The All-Star shortstop is hitting .267 with 14 home runs and 56 RBIs in 128 games.
"We're going to give him a day and wait and see," Acta said. "We're not going to put him out there until he's ready to play."
Chisenhall sees first action since lengthy DL stint
MINNEAPOLIS -- Lonnie Chisenhall was in the Indians lineup Monday for the first time in more than two months. He didn't show much rust, connecting for a solo home run in his third plate appearance of the night against the Twins.
Chisenhall started at third base and hit sixth, going 1-for-3 with a walk. It was his first game for Cleveland since he incurred a broken right forearm after being hit by a pitch from the Orioles' Jake Arrieta on June 29.
Indians manager Manny Acta said Chisenhall, who was activated from the 60-day disabled list Sunday, will be worked into the lineup gradually. Acta said Chisenhall likely would rest Tuesday at Texas.
He went 2-for-10 with two RBIs in three rehab games with Double-A Akron last week.
"I think the last few weeks of the season are probably going to dictate what we want to see out of him," Acta said. "First of all, he hasn't had that many at-bats. He's coming from a broken arm, so we're going to work him slowly. It's nothing that is set in stone right now, how many at-bats [he'll get]. We need to see how he progresses throughout the first week."
Chisenhall began the season with Triple-A Columbus, hitting .324 in 28 games before being promoted. He hit .278 with three home runs and nine RBIs in 24 games for the Indians before the injury.
"He feels pretty good," Acta said. "When he was down there [with Akron] he felt he was ready to go, like he wasn't limited or anything right now. But I think we saw last year when [Asdrubal] Cabrera bounced back from the broken wrist, a lot of times it takes those guys some time to get the strength back. So that's something to consider."
Jordan Garretson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.