August 22nd, 2013
Unless you’ve been overseas or asleep for two months, you know that Miguel Cabrera has been hitting through bumps and bruises this summer. Thursday was the first time this year that he has been bloodied.
He was wearing it on his right knee, and as he stepped to the plate in the sixth inning, the red stain on his pant leg was impossible to miss, especially after the Tigers broadcast ran a close-up of it. Somebody in the Tigers dugout noticed it soon after that, and head athletic trainer Kevin Rand was spotted talking with Cabrera in the seventh inning. Cabrera came back out to third base in the eighth wearing a clean set of pants.
After the game, Cabrera was at his locker in the clubhouse putting a bandage on his knee. He said he had a scab on his knee that opened up when he dove earlier in the game, possibly on Doug Bernier’s sixth-inning single that reflected off his glove and then past Jose Iglesias at short.
Cabrera also agreed that it was gross.
Alex Avila began his rehab assignment Thursday night for Triple-A Toledo, going 0-for-2 with a walk at the plate and catching three innings behind the plate for the Mud Hens in a 5-2 loss at Louisville.
Avila, batting second, flew out to center field in the opening inning before drawing a two-out walk in the second. He was called out on strikes to end the top of the fourth, then was replaced by Ronny Paulino in the bottom of the inning. Manager Jim Leyland talked Wednesday about Avila catching six innings for the Mud Hens on Thursday, but he cautioned that was far from an official plan. The fact that Avila stepped to the plate in the fourth strongly suggests the Tigers wanted to get him three plate appearances and just enough catching time to make sure he was OK on his first day catching in a week and a half since going on the concussion DL.
Avila is expected to catch again for the Hens in Louisville Friday night.
The Tigers don’t know a whole lot about Andrew Albers, but he’s a lefty, and the Tigers have had issues against lefties recently. Brayan Pena is feeling better but still dealing with the toe injury, so Jim Leyland will start Bryan Holaday, who went 1-for-2 against Albers when he faced the Mud Hens in May.
The Twins lineup has a lot of bad numbers against Justin Verlander. It also has switched Ryan Doumit and Chris Herrmann between right field and catcher for the day, since Herrmann caught Albers at Triple-A Rochester.
- Austin Jackson, CF
- Torii Hunter, RF
- Miguel Cabrera, 3B
- Prince Fielder, 1B
- Victor Martinez, DH
- Matt Tuiasosopo, LF
- Omar Infante, 2B
- Jose Iglesias, SS
- Bryan Holaday, C
P: Justin Verlander
TWINS (career numbers off Verlander)
- Brian Dozier, 2B (0-for-2, K)
- Chris Herrmann, C
- Justin Morneau, 1B (12-for-47, 2 HR, 6 walks, 14 K’s)
- Josh Willingham, DH (2-for-14, walk, 7 K’s)
- Ryan Doumit, RF (0-for-11, 3 K’s)
- Trevor Plouffe, 3B (3-for-20, HR, walk, 3 K’s)
- Clete Thomas, CF
- Wilkin Ramirez, LF (2-for-3, K)
- Doug Bernier, SS
P: Andrew Albers