Miguel Cabrera was out of the Detroit Tigers lineup for a second consecutive day in the hopes that rest will help cure his strained abdomen. Cabrera had to be removed early from games on Thursday and Friday because of the injury, and now sits again.
Torii Hunter filled in for Cabrera in the 3 spot in the lineup while Ramon Santiago played third base against Cleveland.
Tigers General Manager Dave Dombrowski stated yesterday that the team would be cautious with Miguel Cabrera throughout the final month of the season.
“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.”
Cabrera is coming off an MVP Season that saw him become the first Triple Crown winner since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. So far in 2013, Cabrera is leading the league in batting average at .359 and RBIs at 130, and trails Chris Davis (by 4 HRs) for the American League lead in that category. Detroit sits atop the AL Central with a 7.5 game lead over Cleveland.
Detroit won in Cabrera’s absence on Saturday 10-5, but failed to score any runs today and took the loss 4-0 to the Indians.