Cabrera reportedly has bone spurs in ankle

The right ankle injury that has hobbled Miguel Cabrera for the better part of the last month will reportedly lead to another offseason surgery. ESPN’s Buster Olney reported Sunday on Baseball Tonight that Cabrera has bone spurs in his right ankle that will likely require surgery to remove.

A Tigers spokesperson said no decision has been made on surgery. At the same time, the team had no immediate comment on the bone spurs part of the report.

The presence of bone spurs would explain the change in how Cabrera feels from one day to the next, feeling well enough to play first base one day before feeling limited the next. Sunday marked his third consecutive game at first base.

Cabrera, of course, had surgery at the end of last postseason to repair a sports hernia, leading to a rehab program for most of the winter. The hope around team circles has been that a healthy offseason would allow him to return to his regular winter workout program, which would lead to a rebound in his power numbers for 2015.

The normal timetable for recovery from such a surgery, according to injury expert and national sports medicine writer Will Carroll, is 4-6 weeks. It’s obviously not as severe as core muscle surgery, but with Cabrera’s body frame, explosive swing and the weight put on his ankles, full recovery is crucial.

Cabrera himself has not commented on his health since telling Jorge Ortiz of USA Today during the All-Star festivities that his core muscles had good and bad days, taking some strength out of his swing. He hasn’t commented at all on the ankle injury. The Tigers sometimes cite medical privacy laws under HIPAA in saying they can’t release certain medical details without permission from the player.

Sunday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Giants

With Tim Hudson giving up somewhat more damage against left-handed hitters compared with righties (.277 to .236 on batting average, .748 to .607 on OPS), Brad Ausmus shakes up his lineup a bat and adds three left-handed bats (Andrew Romine is a switch-hitter, but fits the purpose). Alex Avila’s return was expected after he had a symptom-free day Friday, but Eugenio Suarez and Rajai Davis sit in favor of Romine and … Don Kelly.

Ausmus said he went with Kelly over Ezequiel Carrera, who hasn’t started since Monday in Cleveland, and Tyler Collins, who is an option in center but — like Kelly — not really a center fielder. Whether Carrera has dropped from occasional starter to defensive replacement based on his recent at-bats is another question, because this is the first start for Kelly in center since June 18, and just his fourth all season.

A few pregame injury tidbits to throw in …

  • Anibal Sanchez did some light throwing this afternoon, playing catch for the first time in a while. It’s basically a first step, and nobody’s putting a timetable on where it’s going to lead. Nobody’s writing off Sanchez coming back this season, but with the usual timetable to ramp up from playing catch to throwing off a mound to pitching to hitters, it’s not hard at all to reach the expectation that the Tigers are going to have to at least find a way to get into the postseason without him.
  • Tigers officials aren’t flat-out defining Monday’s simulated game as the final test for Joakim Soria before he can return from the disabled list, but Ausmus said that he could be game-ready after that. He’d get at least a day of rest afterwards, and he could get one more simulated game if he wants it, but he could be ready to return as soon as Wednesday.
  • As Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported in his Sunday notes, Joel Hanrahan will not need another Tommy John surgery, though his 2014 season is done. He’s working out in Lakeland since his contract runs through season’s end, but he’s not throwing. The timetable calls for Hanrahan to rest his arm and resume throwing this offseason with the expectation he should be ready to join a team in time for Spring Training.
  • Though Luke Putkonen fared well during his minor-league rehab assignment at low Class A West Michigan, his season appears to be over with the Whitecaps’ elimination from the Midwest League playoffs. He won’t be returning from the disabled list this month. “We’ve got him back to where he’s pitching,” head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said. “He’s not to the level where we’d like to see for him to be ready for here, so probably that’ll be it. At least he’s going forward knowing that he’s OK. He should be ready to compete in Spring Training.”

TIGERS (career numbers off Hudson)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (1-for-2, double, walk, K)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (10-for-35, 2 doubles, HR, walk, 9 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (12-for-28, double, triple, walk, 4 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (2-for-4, K)
  5. J.D. Martinez, LF (1-for-3, K)
  6. Don Kelly, CF
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  8. Alex Avila, C
  9. Andrew Romine, SS

P: Kyle Lobstein

GIANTS

  1. Angel Pagan, CF
  2. Joe Panik, 2B
  3. Buster Posey, C
  4. Hunter Pence, RF
  5. Pablo Sandoval, DH
  6. Adam Duvall, 1B
  7. Joaquin Arias, 3B
  8. Gregor Blanco, LF
  9. Brandon Crawford, SS

P: Tim Hudson

James McCann Day: Tigers vs. Giants

Alex Avila had no concussion symptoms Friday, Brad Ausmus said, and he probably could have started Saturday afternoon. With lefty Madison Bumgarner on the mound, however, Ausmus changed course and opted to give James McCann his first big-league start behind the plate. He’ll be hitting against Bumgarner and catching David Price. Welcome to The Show.

Other than that, it’s a pretty standard lineup. Miguel Cabrera gets another start at first base after playing there for eight innings through the rain delay Friday night. Ausmus said the rain delay after three innings seemed to help, since it got him off his feet for a few hours, though it also gave his sore right ankle a chance to stiffen up.

TIGERS (career numbers against Bumgarner)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (0-for-2, walk)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (1-for-5, walk)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (1-for-6)
  5. J.D. Martinez, LF (2-for-13, double, HR, 2 K’s)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. Eugenio Suarez, SS
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Rajai Davis, CF

P: David Price

GIANTS (career numbers off Price)

  1. Angel Pagan, CF
  2. Joe Panik, 2B
  3. Buster Posey, 1B (0-for-4)
  4. Hunter Pence, RF (2-for-8, double, HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  5. Pablo Sandoval, DH (0-for-4, K)
  6. Andrew Susac, C
  7. Joaquin Arias, 3B (1-for-3, double)
  8. Matt Duffy, SS
  9. Gregor Blanco, LF (1-for-3, walk)

P: Madison Bumgarner

Soria throws off mound, could move to fast track for return

Tigers reliever Joakim Soria could conceivably be on track for a quick return — maybe within the next week or so — after throwing a lengthy mound session Friday afternoon at Comerica Park.

Soria threw 39 pitches by his count without any lingering pain in the strained left oblique that landed him on the disabled list four weeks ago. He had felt lingering soreness in the oblique after throwing long enough until his last bullpen session a few weeks.

Now, he says, “I don’t feel anything. I threw 39 pitches and everything feels good.”

That was encouraging news for manager Brad Ausmus, but he wasn’t ready to write in Soria for the next step in his rehab until seeing how he feels Saturday.

Soria, for his part, indicated the next step is to face hitters.

“Maybe we’ll throw live [batting practice] Monday and then we go from there,” Soria said.

With the minor-league regular seasons over, any work with hitters is likely to happen on the side with the team rather than on a rehab assignment. The only two affiliates still playing as of Friday were Class A West Michigan, which faced a deciding Game 3 to its postseason series against Fort Wayne Friday night, and short-season Class A Connecticut.

Meanwhile, the Tigers have enough extra hitters with expanded September rosters that they can set up a simulated game.

Soria, clearly pushing for a quick return, does not expect he’ll need much time against hitters to be ready.

“It’s not like [the injury] was something in my arm,” he said. “My arm is still in shape. My arm feels good. It depends on how they see me in the bullpen.”

Friday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Giants

Miguel Cabrera makes his return to first base for the first time since last Saturday in Chicago, a move that appears to involve getting Victor Martinez a day out of the field as much as Cabrera getting back into the field. It’s going to be a mix from here on out.

“It’s going to be a balancing act with Miggy’s ankle and Victor over there at first,” Ausmus said.

Alex Avila, however, remains off, after what Ausmus called a minor headache following a workout yesterday.

“We want to have a day when he’s completely symptom-free,” Ausmus said Friday afternoon. “Yesterday when he started getting active, he had a minor headache. It might be unrelated, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.”

Bryan Holaday starts behind the plate once again. Asked about James McCann, Ausmus reiterated what he said in Cleveland, that McCann’s lack of work with most of the Tigers pitching staff outside of Spring Training (and his relatively little knowledge on Major League hitters) makes him a lower option as a starter, though he could get a start soon if Avila remains out and Holaday needs a break.

“Triple-A to the big leagues is a big jump,” Ausmus said, “and it’s a bigger job when you’re talking about handling a pitching staff.”

Torii Hunter returns after being out of the starting lineup last night in Cleveland to rest his bruised left foot.

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TIGERS (career numbers against Jake Peavy)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (5-for-10, double, triple, walk, 2 K’s)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (9-for-21, 2 doubles, triple, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (16-for-49, 2 doubles, 3 HR, 4 walks, 15 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (4-for-12, 2 HR, K)
  5. J.D. Martinez, LF (2-for-3, double)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  7. Bryan Holaday, C
  8. Eugenio Suarez, SS
  9. Rajai Davis, CF (0-for-10, 2 K’s)

P: Rick Porcello

GIANTS (career numbers off Porcello)

  1. Angel Pagan, CF (2-for-2, double)
  2. Joe Panik, 2B
  3. Buster Posey, C
  4. Pablo Sandoval, 3B (1-for-4, double, 2 K’s)
  5. Hunter Pence, RF
  6. Gregor Blanco, LF (2-for-10, walk, 4 K’s)
  7. Travis Ishikawa, 1B (1-for-3, 2 K’s)
  8. Adam Duvall, DH
  9. Brandon Crawford, SS (0-for-4)

P: Jake Peavy

Thursday’s lineups: Tigers at Indians

Miguel Cabrera finishes out the series as the DH, but Alex Avila remains out. Meanwhile, two September call-ups get starts in the finale. Tyler Collins, who started three games in April after making the Opening Day roster, fills in for Torii Hunter. Collins gets the start in right over fellow September callup Steven Moya. Meanwhile, Hernan Perez starts at short, giving Eugenio Suarez — 3-for-26 since last Tuesday — the night off.

TIGERS (career numbers off Trevor Bauer)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (3-for-9, HR, K)
  2. Tyler Collins, RF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, DH (3-for-9, 2 doubles)
  4. Victor Martinez, 1B (3-for-8, HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  5. J.D. Martinez, LF (2-for-6, K)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (2-for-8, double, K)
  7. Bryan Holaday, C
  8. Hernan Perez, SS (1-for-4, HR, walk, K)
  9. Rajai Davis, CF

P: Max Scherzer

INDIANS (career numbers against Scherzer)

  1. Michael Bourn, CF (7-for-26, double, 3 walks, 5 K’s)
  2. Jose Ramirez, SS
  3. Michael Brantley, LF (14-for-41, 7 doubles, triple, HR, 3 walks, K)
  4. Carlos Santana, 1B (3-for-37, double, 6 walks, 7 K’s)
  5. Jason Kipnis, 2B (5-for-28, double, 4 walks, 10 K’s)
  6. Yan Gomes, C (2-for-5, 2 K’s)
  7. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B (5-for-25, double, HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  8. Zach Walters, DH
  9. Tyler Holt, RF

P: Trevor Bauer

Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers at Indians

Alex Avila sits today after leaving last night’s game following a ball off his mask. Bryan Holaday catches Justin Verlander for the eighth time in 28 starts this season.

TIGERS (career numbers off Salazar)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (1-for-3, HR)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (2-for-10, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, DH (3-for-7, double, HR, 3 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, 1B (3-for-8, walk)
  5. J.D. Martinez, LF
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (0-for-2)
  7. Eugenio Suarez, SS
  8. Bryan Holaday, C
  9. Rajai Davis, CF (1-for-3, walk)

P: Justin Verlander

INDIANS (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Michael Bourn, CF (10-for-27, 2 doubles, 3 walks, 9 K’s)
  2. Jose Ramirez, SS
  3. Michael Brantley, LF (17-for-48, double, triple, 3 walks, 6 K’s)
  4. Carlos Santana, 1B (8-for-40, double, 4 HR, 5 walks, 8 K’s)
  5. Jason Kipnis, 2B (3-for-29, double, 5 walks, 12 K’s)
  6. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B (7-for-21, 2 doubles, K)
  7. Yan Gomes, C (2-for-11, double, walk, 3 K’s)
  8. Jason Giambi, DH (4-for-22, 2 HR, 3 walks, 11 K’s)
  9. Zach Walters, RF

P: Danny Salazar

Tuesday (Lobstein Day) lineups: Tigers at Indians

Miguel Cabrera is designated to hit once again, coming off his two-homer game. Rajai Davis returns to the lineup in center. The Indians, meanwhile, get Ryan Raburn back and put him into the lineup as the DH against lefty Kyle Lobstein in his second Major League start.

TIGERS (career numbers against Carlos Carrasco)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (3-for-9, 2 doubles, walk, 2 K’s)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (6-for-12, double, triple, 2 HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, DH (3-for-12, HR, 3 walks, 2 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, 1B (2-for-11, 2 doubles)
  5. J.D. Martinez, LF (0-for-4)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-1, walk)
  7. Alex Avila, C (3-for-7, double, walk, 3 K’s)
  8. Eugenio Suarez, SS (0-for-1, K)
  9. Rajai Davis, CF (0-for-4, K)

P: Kyle Lobstein

INDIANS

  1. Michael Bourn, CF
  2. Jose Ramirez, SS
  3. Michael Brantley, LF
  4. Carlos Santana, 1B
  5. Yan Gomes, C
  6. Jason Kipnis, 2B
  7. Ryan Raburn, DH
  8. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B
  9. Tyler Holt, RF

P: Carlos Carrasco

Tuesday (Lobstein Day) lineups: Tigers at Indians

Miguel Cabrera is designated to hit once again, coming off his two-homer game. Rajai Davis returns to the lineup in center. The Indians, meanwhile, get Ryan Raburn back and put him into the lineup as the DH against lefty Kyle Lobstein in his second Major League start.

TIGERS (career numbers against Carlos Carrasco)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (3-for-9, 2 doubles, walk, 2 K’s)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (6-for-12, double, triple, 2 HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, DH (3-for-12, HR, 3 walks, 2 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, 1B (2-for-11, 2 doubles)
  5. J.D. Martinez, LF (0-for-4)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-1, walk)
  7. Alex Avila, C (3-for-7, double, walk, 3 K’s)
  8. Eugenio Suarez, SS (0-for-1, K)
  9. Rajai Davis, CF (0-for-4, K)

P: Kyle Lobstein

INDIANS

  1. Michael Bourn, CF
  2. Jose Ramirez, SS
  3. Michael Brantley, LF
  4. Carlos Santana, 1B
  5. Yan Gomes, C
  6. Jason Kipnis, 2B
  7. Ryan Raburn, DH
  8. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B
  9. Tyler Holt, RF

P: Carlos Carrasco

Tuesday (Lobstein Day) lineups: Tigers at Indians

Miguel Cabrera is designated to hit once again, coming off his two-homer game. Rajai Davis returns to the lineup in center. The Indians, meanwhile, get Ryan Raburn back and put him into the lineup as the DH against lefty Kyle Lobstein in his second Major League start.

TIGERS (career numbers against Carlos Carrasco)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (3-for-9, 2 doubles, walk, 2 K’s)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (6-for-12, double, triple, 2 HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, DH (3-for-12, HR, 3 walks, 2 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, 1B (2-for-11, 2 doubles)
  5. J.D. Martinez, LF (0-for-4)
  6. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-1, walk)
  7. Alex Avila, C (3-for-7, double, walk, 3 K’s)
  8. Eugenio Suarez, SS (0-for-1, K)
  9. Rajai Davis, CF (0-for-4, K)

P: Kyle Lobstein

INDIANS

  1. Michael Bourn, CF
  2. Jose Ramirez, SS
  3. Michael Brantley, LF
  4. Carlos Santana, 1B
  5. Yan Gomes, C
  6. Jason Kipnis, 2B
  7. Ryan Raburn, DH
  8. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B
  9. Tyler Holt, RF

P: Carlos Carrasco

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