Key Indians Players Hurting

BOSTON (AP) - Two of the Indians best players were hurting Wednesday as Bartolo Colon returned to Cleveland after feeling pain in his right side, and shortstop Omar Vizquel was sidelined for at least two games with a jammed left shoulder.

Colon, the AL leader in innings and Cleveland's leader with a 2.55 ERA, and Vizquel, the team's leading hitter at .302, were not placed on the disabled list. Manager Charlie Manuel didn't rule out Colon starting as scheduled Friday night against Arizona.

"He may miss a start. I don't know yet," Manuel said. "I'll find out when I get back to Cleveland."

Colon (10-4) felt a twinge in his right side near his rib cage while throwing a ball in the outfield before the Indians 4-2 win over the Red Sox in Tuesday's opener of a three-game series, Manuel said

If Colon misses a turn, the Indians probably will recall a pitcher from Triple A, he added.

Vizquel, with a career-high 10 homers, was hurt when he landed on his left shoulder diving for Shea Hillenbrand's single in the second inning Tuesday. Manuel said the shoulder began bothering Vizquel 2-to-3 weeks ago.

"I am concerned. He's going to miss a couple of games. He's very sore today," Manuel said. "If he has to be out for a period of time, I've got that position covered."

Second baseman John McDonald started Wednesday at shortstop and Jolbert Cabrera started at second. Second baseman Ricky Gutierrez, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin, is eligible to be activated Saturday.

Manuel also put in a plug for Vizquel to be chosen for the All-Star game at a position played by Alex Rodriguez, Nomar Garciaparra and Derek Jeter.

"Omar Vizquel deserves to go to the All-Star game," Manuel said. "I know there are a lot of good shortstops in the league. It's going to be a tough decision."

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