July 23rd, 2013

Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers at White Sox

Miguel Cabrera has been playing through hip and back issues for close to a month. He is not playing tonight. It might be time for him to take a few days.

Even during last week’s All-Star festivities, Cabrera’s hip was a question. It dates back at least to the series in Toronto at the start of the month, when he dove for a ball on the Rogers Centre turf and felt it. In dealing with the hip, he felt it in his back. They’re two related injuries, and as well as Cabrera has been hitting, they’ve been hampering him for a while.

Cabrera not only has been one of the best players in baseball the last few years, he has been one of its most durable. He hasn’t missed significant time in the regular season since the Tigers shut him down the final week of the 2010 campaign with an ankle sprain. The Tigers were long since out of the race at that point, so there was no reason for him to play hurt.

He has played and hit through aches and pains since. There’s a question for the Tigers to face now: Are they better off having Cabrera sit for a little bit this week if it can get him back to health (or at least close to 100%) for the stretch run?

TIGERS (career numbers against Hector Santiago)

  1. Austin Jackson, CF (0-for-4, walk, 2 K’s)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF
  3. Matt Tuiasosopo, LF
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B (2-for-3, walk)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Jhonny Peralta, SS (0-for-5, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  7. Alex Avila, C (0-for-5, walk, 2 K’s)
  8. Don Kelly, 3B
  9. Hernan Perez, 2B

P: Rick Porcello

WHITE SOX (career numbers off Porcello)

  1. Alejandro De Aza, CF (3-for-16, 3 walks, 2 K’s)
  2. Alexei Ramirez, SS (5-for-33, HR, K)
  3. Alex Rios, RF (6-for-31, 3 HR, 6 K’s)
  4. Adam Dunn, 1B (3-for-12, HR, 4 K’s)
  5. Paul Konerko, DH (11-for-29, HR, 3 walks, 2 K’s)
  6. Jeff Keppinger, 2B (1-for-6, 2 K’s)
  7. Conor Gillaspie, 3B (2-for-3, HR, K)
  8. Dayan Viciedo, LF (6-for-15, HR, K)
  9. Josh Phegley, C

P: Hector Santiago