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Indians to place Carlos Santana on 7-day concussion disabled list

May 26, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT

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The first-place Indians will have to get by without another important piece of their lineup.

Nick Camino of WTAM in Cleveland reports that the Indians will place Carlos Santana on MLB’s seven-day disabled list for concussions. The 26-year-old backstop left last night’s game in the eighth inning after a foul ball off Alex Rios‘ bat hit him in the facemask.

Santana will be eligible to return next weekend, but he’ll have to pass a concussion test before being cleared to return to the field. The Indians have summoned catcher Luke Carlin to join the team in Chicago.

Santana is hitting .245/.360/.387 with five home runs, 24 RBI and a .747 OPS in 189 plate appearances this season. His absence comes at a tough time for the Indians, as shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera is day-to-day with hamstring tightness and designated hitter Travis Hafner is currently sidelined with a right knee injury.

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