Biceps tendon strain sidelines lefthander

DETROIT -- Cleveland's C.C. Sabathia is expected to be
sidelined for at least a week after straining his biceps tendon.

"If all goes the way we hope, we're potentially looking at next
weekend to get him back out there," Indians manager Eric Wedge
said before Friday's game in Detroit.

Sabathia experienced soreness in the tendon Thursday while
preparing to start against Kansas City and was removed from the
lineup just before the game. An MRI exam showed nothing more than a
strained tendon, and he was able to play catch without pain in the
outfield before Friday's game.

"We examined him this morning and he looked and felt great,"
Indians trainer Lonnie Soloff said. "At this point, though, we
want to take every precaution possible for his long-term health."

If Sabathia experiences no ill-effects from Friday's throwing
session, he is expected to do some light tossing in the bullpen on
Saturday or Sunday, then a more strenuous session early next week
before he would be available to start.

The Indians juggled their pitching staff on Friday, sending
Jeriome Robertson to Triple-A Buffalo and recalling Jason Anderson.

Robertson allowed eight runs -- five earned -- in 5 1/3 innings on
April 20 against Kansas City, his only outing for Cleveland after
being called up from Buffalo that day.

Anderson, who split last season between the Yankees and Mets,
was 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA in three games for Buffalo since being
claimed on waivers from the Mets on April 8.