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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Indians Injury Update: Ryan Raburn exits with hyperextended knee

By on 9/14/2014 07:45:00 AM

Cleveland Indians outfielder Ryan Raburn left Saturday night's game early with a hyperextended knee, as Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported:

Raburn departed in the fourth inning, with rookie Tyler Holt coming in to play right field in his place. Hoynes noted that earlier in the game, Raburn had attempted a diving catch on a Nick Castellanos line drive which he was unable to reach, allowing two runs to score. It was not made clear whether the right fielder had sustained the injury during that attempt or if he was carrying the ailment from a previous incident.

The 33-year-old landed on the DL in August with wrist soreness which apparently had been bothering him since spring training. Raburn's numbers certainly don't look like those of a player at his best: a .246 OBP and .297 SLG is not what the Indians wanted, even from their fourth outfielder. Raburn has had spells in which he has looked like an extremely valuable major league hitter, including back-to-back seasons of an OPS of over .800 with the Tigers in 2009 and 2010, and a stunning .901 mark with 16 home runs in just 277 PA for the Indians last year. However, he has never really been a full-time player, due in no small part to his significant platoon splits: his OPS is almost 100 points higher against lefties and his strong seasons have arisen from him being used accordingly.

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