January 11, 2002 at 7:12 PM EST - Updated June 30 at 1:05 AM
By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer
CLEVELAND (AP) - Indians utilityman Jolbert Cabrera was shot in the buttock during a failed carjacking in Colombia but is expected to report on time for spring training.
He was shot Dec. 21 in Bogota and had surgery to remove a bullet from his right buttock, Oscar Suarez, Cabrera's agent, said Friday.
"We anticipate that he will make a full recovery and be ready to participate in spring training," Indians general manager Mark Shapiro said.
Doctors said that the bullet didn't hit any bones, Suarez said.
Cabrera was riding with his daughters in the backseat of a sport utility vehicle driven by his wife, Delbys, when a man approached the driver-side window and pulled out a gun, unaware Cabrera was inside.
Cabrera told Suarez he grabbed his daughters, Alexandria and Ashlyn, and got them out and was pulling his wife to safety when the robber panicked and fired.
Cabrera initially received several stitches but doctors had to wait several days for the swelling to go down before they could remove the bullet.
Suarez said the Indians have asked Cabrera to report to Cleveland for a medical checkup this month. The club's position players are scheduled to report to spring training in Florida on Feb. 19.
Cabrera is one of baseball's most versatile players. The Indians used him in 141 games at six positions last season. He played 89 games in the outfield, 28 at second base, 27 at third base and 14 at shortstop.
He batted .261 with one homer, 38 RBIs and 10 steals in his first full major league season.
Cabrera could have a much more prominent role with the Indians this season. He is expected to compete for the starting center fielder's job this spring along with Milton Bradley.
Suarez said Cabrera keeps his winter home in Cartagena, Colombia.
Cabrera's brother, Orlando, plays shortstop for the Montreal Expos.
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