Cabrera leaves game after two innings

For the second time in as many days, Miguel Cabrera left a game with injury. This time, he lasted two innings of Friday’s series opener against Cleveland before exiting with what the team announced as irritation in his abdominal area.

Cabrera is listed as day-to-day. The way his weekend is going, it is becoming a daily question whether Cabrera can play through his ailment.

Cabrera left Thursday afternoon’s series finale against Oakland with abdominal discomfort that extended to the groin area. It’s an aggravation of an abdominal strain that has bothered him for close to two months.

Cabrera said after Thursday’s game that he planned on starting Friday. True to his word, he was back in the Tigers’ starting lineup for the series opener against the Indians, batting third and playing third base.

Manager Jim Leyland said before the game that he checked with Cabrera Friday afternoon before writing him into the starting lineup, and Cabrera was all smiles.

“Believe me, if he can’t play, he won’t play,” Leyland said. “He’s fine. He’s hurting some. I checked with him today. He’s ready to go. He’s sore. That’s the way it is.”

Cabrera struck out swinging to end the first inning, and he did not have a play to make in the field in either of the first two innings. He went after a Lonnie Chisenhall pop fly in foul territory to end the second inning, but shortstop Jose Iglesias ran it down and caught it.

When the Tigers took the field for the top of the third, Cabrera didn’t come out of the dugout. Don Kelly, who started the game in left field, replaced Cabrera at third, with Andy Dirks entering the game in left.

On Thursday, it was an acceleration around first base, trying to stretch a fifth-inning single into a double, that led to Cabrera aggravating the injury.

“You have to be willing to accept what it is, and we’re willing to accept it,” Leyland said. “The only thing he can’t do is he can’t run. He still catches the ball at third. He still throws them out. He still hits the ball over the fence. He’s still gets hits. He still knocks in runs. He’s handicapped a little bit physically, but nobody in here or any place else in the organization would risk hurting a guy long term if he didn’t feel he was ready to play.”

The Tigers entered Friday with a 6 1/2-game lead on Cleveland in the American League Central. A larger lead with 25 games left to play after the weekend might be enough to start looking into rest for the slugger. The team medical staff told Leyland that Cabrera can’t worsen the injury by playing through it, but his recent issues clearly suggest he isn’t getting any better, either.

“If he needs a day, he’ll get it,” Leyland said. “If he needs two days or three days, whenever it is, big series, little series, whatever you want to call it.”

The Tigers seem to be readying their options. Matt Tuiasosopo, who played third base in Spring Training with Cabrera in the World Baseball Classic, worked out at third base during batting practice Friday. Leyland, meanwhile, said he might use Cabrera at designated hitter for a game and put Victor Martinez at catcher, where he played well for two games against the Mets last week.

The Tigers will be able to call up reinforcements on Sunday, when 25-man roster expands and anyone on the 40-man roster can be active. Utility infielder Danny Worth has been playing some third base at Triple-A Toledo.


Castellanos should be playing 3rd for Toledo. They are making a mistake there. Danny Worth is not a worthy replacement for Miggy.
Devon Travis is absolutely tearing up “A” ball in Florida. This guy is a keeper.

Jackson CF-HunterRF-MiggyDH-Prince1B-VictorC-Omar2B-Kelly3B-IglesiasSS-DirksLF. The last 3 might have to be changed. This way you can keep Miggy in the lineup. What you think?

Judging by tonight’s AB, Miggy shouldn’t be DHing either, IMHO.
Get him right for the post season.

Castellanos 3 x 4 with a homer tonight.

Dotel has left the Toledo game with an elbow injury.

They have one extra spot for the postseason, and will be ,unreasonably, for Coke,He does not belong in a MLB roster. So, if they call Castellanos tomorrow Putkonen who has better numbers against LH than Coke will be out of the postseason and that would be a bad move and pretty unfair. Of course , they could send down Al2 or cut Bondo but I dont see them doing that.

If Dotel does not comebak, there is the other spot for the postseason

Oh, Al.

Better get him out. He can’t throw a strike.

8 for 24 : Inherited runners score before today for al2

Ok lets get some runs back. Al argh!

What is wrong with Leyland? The absolute worst choice to bring in with bases loaded.

Has anyone here seen Nick play OF?

Her was SAFE!


Isn’t that my boy Gary Cedarstrum screwing up another call shocked. He was safe wasn’t he?

They showed the play 3 times. It was pretty close.

I don’t know if I can watch.

“In his last six games, Andy Dirks is 9-for-21 (.429) with seven runs scored and four RBIs. #Tigers”
Me: why he did not start?

Maybe Jim mixed up McAllister with Masterson and started Kelly. 🙂
I’m still seeing the lineup pick up the slack when Miggy is out, as Dirks has done tonight.

I know DB is going to reprimanded me again but with all the lighting and rain we left. By the way finally bac in Royal Oak and Woodard is completely flooded and just walked into my house and its leaking because of how hard it is raining because it never leaks gutters just can’t keep up.
Anyway interesting comments from Leyland regarding the Oakland series about how he’s not convinced and they caught them once stealing signs but they are pretty convinced there may of been something rotten in Denmark. I know a lot of you don’t like him but he’s more about tipping the cap and not into conspiracies like me so I think if he says something like that he was probably sure.

Where can those comments be found? I’d like to read/hear them.

I heard them, too. I think it was a pregame interview with someone. There could be someone in the stands doing the dirty deed for all we know. Wouldn’t surprise me.

i would not want to have to make that call on Iggy. Instant replay (where is the ‘phantom cam’? shows he was barely out. (I think!)
Porcello threw well.
Leyland needs to have someone start shining in that pen to make up for his decisions.
Ortega did not throw well tonight—Downs did though.
Rondon has to pitch smarter.
Iggy is amazing. Avila is not
Pena needs to be playing much more.

Totally off topic. Whatever happened to Brennan Boesch. Yanks sent him down hitting .275 with 3 homers and only 9 Ks in 23 games?
I think he hurt himself in AAA. The guy deserves a shot with someone. He’s a good kid, nice swing, runs well and plays hard.

Rich I heard the comments on 97.1 the ticket. Not sure if you could find it on a pod cast. I really couldn’t believe my ears. Still quite a lightening show and raining very hard. Yuk it’s a real mess out there. Sorry DB I’m not sorry I left….

Detroit needs to sit Miggy for a game or two until he’s healthy. If he goes down for good, then the Tigers WS chances go down with him most likely.

Sign stealing: The same was said about Reds and Indians against Verlander. Three teams mean tipping the pitches or very lousy sign system.

@beck” @nycchicka I’m going to listen to it. Thanks for the heads-up. I know Leyland said it was like they were in on their pitchers meetings.” As we say here, he did not call them dogs but he barked at them

Here’s a shocker of a suggestion/prediction. call up Castellanos….TODAY!
Play 2E at 3rd, DH Miggy (if you must) and catch VMART.; slot Nick in left,
Great time to introduce the rookie to the team he will star for for years to come. The lefty Kazmir is on the mound.
Tell Miggy under no circumstance is he allowed to pass 1st base after he mashes the ball without watching it to the seats.
I honestly do not see any downside in calling Castellanos up. Actually the opposite, I don’t think it would be good for the kid not to be called up. mentally or physically.
If he doesn’t hit/play well, he doesn’t have to. But he can gain MLB pennant race experience and camraderie. I will be seriously disappointed if the fail to recognize the benefits that this move can provide.

He can be added to the postseason roster instead of Marte who is on DL: no need to play the same position according to the rules or to call him today and dump someone from the roster.
Coke could enter instead of Dotel if the injury mentioned last night is serious

Regular playing time :
“This is Avisail Garcia’s 20th game w/ #WhiteSox. Is 27-for-73 (.370) w/ 3 doubles, 3B, 2 HR’s, 10 RBIs, 10 runs. Has a .370/.397/.521 line.”

That’s great to hear. I really like that kid. It was a shame to lose him.
Dotel will not help this team. Injured or aged, with no experience this year throwing to MLB hitters? No way.

What is wrong with Miggy? Does he need hip surgery in the off-season. This has been an ongoing issue for almost 2 months. Screw the statistics and get healthy.

No more Morneau until the WS, if at all.

“Phil Coke, Hernan Perez called up by #Tigers. Bonderman optioned to Toledo. Putkonen optioned to Lakeland.”


What? Putkonen threw well. Lakeland?

In the new post , Beck explains that allow them to recall him sooner

Roster gimmicks pre Sep 1 I suppose.

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