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04/17/09 1:10 PM ET
Gritty slide keeps Peralta from lineup
Tribe shortstop out after left elbow collides with Posada
By Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- Jhonny Peralta went headfirst and paid the price. Peralta, the Indians' shortstop, injured his left elbow while trying to tag home plate on a headfirst slide in the fourth inning of Thursday's 10-2 Tribe victory over the Yankees and was out of the lineup a day later. While the injury doesn't appear to be serious, it was bothering Peralta, nonetheless. "I did some swinging [Friday morning], and it didn't feel too comfortable," Peralta said. "I'll ice it, and hopefully, I'll feel better." Asdrubal Cabrera moved to short, with Tony Graffanino getting another start at second base. In the fourth inning on Thursday, Peralta led off with a double off CC Sabathia and moved to third on a groundout. When Ben Francisco hit a grounder to third, Peralta took off for home on contact. Third baseman Cody Ransom fielded the ball and threw home to catcher Jorge Posada, who blocked the plate. Peralta tried to slap the plate but instead hit Posada's shin guard. The contact cause his elbow to twist. Peralta played the rest of the game and went 2-for-5 with two doubles, two RBIs and a run scored. "I think it's going to be OK," Peralta said. "I might miss one day, but it's nothing serious." Indians manager Eric Wedge wasn't sure if Peralta would be available off the bench on Friday. "This is why you should go feet-first, hard into home plate," Wedge said. "No doubt about it."
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.