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Nationals acquire INF Cabrera from Indians

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 31, 2014 at 5:58 pm •  Published: July 31, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — With Ryan Zimmerman sidelined indefinitely, the Washington Nationals moved swiftly to bolster their infield by acquiring two-time All-Star infielder Asdrubal Cabrera from the Cleveland Indians.

The NL East leader obtained Cabrera and cash from the Cleveland Indians for shortstop Zach Walters at Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline.

"He's battle-tested," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said of Cabrera. "He's been in the playoffs before. He's been through pennant races. He's a terrific two-way player. He's a great defensive middle infielder."

The 28-year-old Cabrera has spent most of his career at shortstop but has played 162 games at second base, most recently in 2009.

Nationals manager Matt Williams called Cabrera an "everyday player" who'll see the majority of his time at second.

Regular second baseman Anthony Rendon has shifted over to third in place of Zimmerman, who has been out since July 23 with a strained right hamstring. There's no timetable yet for his return.

Washington (58-47) began the day 1 1-2 games ahead of Atlanta in the NL East, but is 3-4 — including a pair of shutout losses — since Zimmerman was went down.

In those games, Nationals second baseman, including Walters, Danny Espinosa and Kevin Frandsen, are 6 for 26 (.231).

"You know, like we've always said, we like the team that we have," Rizzo said. "And when Zim went down, to protect ourselves we felt that we should go out and get ourselves a good veteran person to fit into the lineup."

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