Reigning American League MVP and Triple Crown award winner, third baseman Miguel Cabrera, is out of the Detroit Tigers starting lineup for Saturday night’s game against the Cleveland Indians.
Cabrera has been slowed by a strained left abdominal wall for about the last month and had to leave the last two games early due to the injury for the Tigers.
Cabrera is close to repeating his Triple Crown performance of last season, leading the majors with a .359 average and 130 RBIs but trails Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis by 4 home runs. Missing much time due to this lingering injury will certainly hinder that pursuit.
More importantly to the Tigers is the health of their star third baseman, and the pursuit of the American League Central division title. Detroit currently leads Cleveland by 7.5 games heading into the final month of the season.
General Manager Dave Dombrowski told the Associated Press his concerns with Miguel Cabrera heading into the final playoff push:
Our primary concern with Miguel Cabrera is his health,” Dombrowski said. ”As much as anybody would, we’d like to see him win the home run title, RBI title or Triple Crown, but he’s playing for the good of the team.”
Ramon Santiago gets the start at third in Cabrera’s absence, and outfielder Torii Hunter will slide into the third spot in the lineup.