Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera left Friday night’s game with the Toronto Blue Jays early with an apparent calf injury. Cabrera hurt himself in the fourth inning when he tried to advance to second base. The Tigers won the game. but may lose their two-time MVP winner for more than a few games. ESPN is reporting that Tigers manager Brad Ausmus thinks Cabrera is headed for the disabled list for the first time in his career.
“I’m not optimistic at all. When Miggy says he can’t play, it is serious, because Miggy plays through everything.”
The Tigers got a decent pitching performance from Anibal Sanchez who held the Blue Jays hitless for 7 1/3 innings, but then he allowed four runs after he lost the no-hitter. The Blue Jays kept it going in the ninth, but the rally came up just short as they lost the game 8-6.
Detroit can’t be without Cabrera for too long or they will never be able to catch the Kansas City Royals for first place in the American League Central division. The Tigers have underperformed with Cabrera in the lineup and now they will likely be without the best hitter in baseball for two weeks or more. The Tigers are in third place behind the Royals and Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians are also hot on their heels just a game back. MLB.com is reporting that Ausmus had just rearranged the lineup to jump start the offense, but now the lineup may be in flux.
“It seemed to work today, but now that it seems like Miggy’s gonna be out — certainly at least for tomorrow — we’re going to have to come up with something else.”
Cabrera will have an MRI on his calf to determine the severity of the injury. If Miguel gets placed on the disabled list it may change the Tigers plans for the upcoming trade deadline. With the team just one game over.500 they may have to become sellers, and get something for free agent to be David Price, instead of buyers. As reported on earlier here at the Inquisitr, Price joined the Tigers at the trade deadline in 2014. Price may just be on the move again this July.
The durable Miguel Cabrera — he played 12 seasons without a stint on the DL — will surely be missed by the team, and Tigers fans are hoping the season hasn’t slipped away by the time he returns. Saturday will be an important day in determining what happens with the Tigers 2015 season.
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