Cabrera leaves with pulled left hamstring
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera left Thursday afternoon’s game against the Red Sox with a pulled left hamstring.
Cabrera came up limping as he rounded second base following Curtis Granderson’s second-inning single. He remained in the game at that point after manager Jim Leyland and head athletic trainer Kevin Rand came out to attend to him, but Cabrera was clearly hobbled as he trotted home on Brandon Inge’s ensuing RBI double, and Granderson appeared to help him back into the dugout.
Jeff Larish replaced Cabrera at first base for the top of the third inning. A Tigers spokesperson said Cabrera will be further evaluated Friday.
Cabrera has had nagging leg injuries, including a tight quadriceps that lingered early last season, but he had been fine so far this season until now. His health had helped him out to a fast start at the plate; he entered Thursday fifth in the American League with a .351 batting average to go with 10 home runs and 38 RBIs.
Any lengthy absence would be especially damaging for a Tigers offense that has struggled around him.