Cabrera, Laker Won't Be Ready For Spring Training

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Indians said that utilityman Jolbert Cabrera and catcher Tim Laker won't be ready when spring training rolls around.

Cleveland assistant general manager Neal Huntington said that both will need some time to heal from off season injuries.

Cabrera was shot in the backside during a robbery attempt last month in Colombia. He suffered some nerve damage, and team doctors will need another six weeks to reevaluate the injury.

Huntington said that it's a little more serious than they first thought.

Laker, meanwhile, is suffering from complications of an inflamed pancreas, and will likely need to sit out until May.

The Indians open camp on Feb. 12.

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