The Indians lost a game and an All-Star shortstop Monday night at Yankee Stadium. That's not the way manager Terry Francona wanted to start this difficult nine-game trip.

Asdrubal Cabrera, a two-time All-Star, will return to Cleveland on Tuesday to get an MRI on his strained right quadriceps muscle. Francona said Cabrera, injured in the fifth inning while running out a ground ball, will most likely be placed on the disabled list.

In the sixth, one inning after Francona and Lonnie Soloff, head athletic trainer, helped Cabrera off the field, Brett Gardner grounded a two-run single through the middle to break a 4-4 tie and lead the Yankees to a 7-4 victory. The Indians have lost eight of 11 games and are springing leaks all over the place.

Their best two players over the past two seasons, Cabrera and closer Chris Perez, are injured. Perez went on the DL a week ago with a strained right rotator cuff. Cabrera, apparently, will soon be joining him.

Mike Aviles will replace Cabrera at short. He started Monday's game at second and moved over to short when Cabrera left.

"There's no doubt in my mind Mike Aviles will shine," said Francona. "He can play shortstop every day. He's going to step right in and shine."

The Indians needed Justin Masterson, their ace, to pitch like he did May 13 when he threw a four-hit shutout against the Yankees. He did not.