Originally written on Sports Injury Alert  |  Last updated 10/13/13
With the Detroit Tigers hanging on to a miniscule 1-0 lead in the 8th inning of Game 1 of the ALCS, Jim Leyland was forced to make a difficult decision.  He removed hobbling third baseman Miguel Cabrera from the game in favor of defensive upgrade with Ramon Santiago. As reported by Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com, Shane Victorino and Dustin Pedroia were due up for the Boston Red Sox in the 8th and Leyland was concerned about possible bunts.  Leyland admitted it was quite difficult to remove the leagues best hitter and struggles with how to best use his injured star. “I wasn’t comfortable doing that, particularly in this ballpark with a 1-0 lead,” Leyland said following his club’s victory in Game 1. “We know we’re handicapped a little bit, because of our situation. I think the biggest key in that situation was the two guys that they had coming up to lead off that inning were Victorino and Pedroia.” Cabrera has battled injuries since just before the All-Star break,  but isn’t about to sit...
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