Cabrera leaves with back stiffness, expects to play Wednesday

The Tigers will play just two series this regular season on artificial surface, but they’re playing them back-to-back on this trip. With that in mind, they had to figure seven consecutive games on the turf in Tampa Bay and Toronto might produce some aches and pains.

Miguel Cabrera, however, is the last player they could afford to have them. When he left in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s 7-6 win over the Blue Jays with back stiffness, it raised concerns.

Cabrera, however, said after the game that he expects to be fine for Wednesday.

“Hopefully it’s not a big deal and I can come tomorrow, get treatment and get ready to play,” Cabrera said.

Cabrera said he felt some tightness in his back before the game, and his diving attempt on Emilio Bonifacio’s first-inning double exacerbated it on the Rogers Centre turf.

“I dove on my side and felt a little something,” he said. “I was tight, too, in batting practice. It was still sore in the game.”

It wasn’t a problem on his home-run swing in the next inning off a Chien-Ming Wang sinker, but it became more of an issue later in the game. An inside pitch from Neil Wagner that forced him to get out of the way in the eighth inning made it worse.

“When he tried to get out of the way of that pitch, it kind of bothered him a little bit, got it out of line a little bit,” manager Jim Leyland said.

That led to the rare move for Leyland: A defensive replacement for his everyday third baseman. He made a point when Cabrera moved to third base to never replace him late in games, noting how much pride Cabrera takes in his position. In this case, though, it was a health issue. Ramon Santiago took the field at third base for the ninth inning.

That pride from Cabrera might well have shown through when Leyland asked him after the game about his status.

“He said no rest tomorrow, he’ll be ready,” Leyland said, “but I’m going to play that one by ear.”

16 Comments

Stands to reason that he would be DH’d.

I think that makes perfect sense to DH him. Give VMart a day off.

Wagner:”For those wondering, Valverde joined @MudHens tonight … RHP Justin Souza sent to Double-A Erie to make room on the roster”
July 1 rst
The same happened with Albuquerque,Wagner explained then that players have no duty to present themselves immediately.

“The Tigers spent $220 million on long-term contracts for starters Justin Verlander and Anibal Sanchez over the last seven months. Scherzer has outpitched them both this year.” That was not true until Sanchez went to DL. Sanchez still leads the team in ERA, FIP and K/9

Going to the Hens game tonight, so I guess we might see Papa. Fister is some kind of pitcher – to have given up 6 runs and then be able to stay in the game and turn things around is quite amazing, glad the guys gave the run support necessary to win. Another big game for Miggy, a big game for Torii and a very much needed victory. What a crazy start to that game. 2 nieces and a nephew of mine were at the Cincinnati game yesterday while away from home on a mission trip – cool for them to see a no-hitter. If Miggy needs it they need to force a day off on him, one or 2 days missed is better than 2 weeks.

true. albeit i felt that maybe some of those runs were due to the defense. Alex’s passed ball, prince’s non catch on the first play and even the play to dirks in LF seemed like a better defender gets that ball – or at least knocks it down.

And left out my praise of Omar – he has been on fire lately, and nice to see the good hit by Alex.

Gameday showed wrongly sacrifice fly for Jackson in the 8th( latter corrected). That show how unfair could be a rule. A bunt in a open game can be a sacrifice but that long fly in a tie game was better and Jackson´s average goes down. The run was manufactured by that fly.

A ground ball to second base would have accomplished the same results. A high five for doing a job and a lower average. It is rare to see a scorer not rule a sacrifice, even when the hitter is bunting for a base hit with a runner on.

Welcome back Greg. The SOC would never do it but why not try Omar in the 5 hole? Put Victor 8th. Go Tigers!

in your opinion, would it be easier to get victor going in the 5th or the 8th spot in the lineup?

gotta get your horses going or you ain’t going to the show

Well, he is not doing it batting 5th. He is getting rbi. Think how many rbi Omar would have if he batted 5th? Just sayin……..like Jimmy Smokes said, “we are in a funk right now” Do something different! If you are not catching any fish, what would you do :) Go Tigers!

i know i know. 2 sides of a coin this issue is.

If Omar hit 5th, he’d be pitched to differently and his approach would change. I’d prefer to wait for Victor to have a 2nd half that rivals Ordonez in 2009. I also think it would help if he got to catch or play more firstbase.

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