Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit
By STEVE KORNACKI  |  Last updated 9/22/13
By STEVE KORNACKIFOXSPORTSDETROIT.COM DETROIT Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera, whocame out in the 10th inning Saturday night, was not in the startinglineup Sunday. Tigers manager JimLeyland had no idea when Cabrera would return or what the plan will be in usinghim over the final week of the regular season.Im pretty concerned about that, Leyland said. "But Ireally dont know what I can do about it.Cabrera has been playing hurt since the first week of July,when he strained his abdominal wall and that led to hip flexorproblems. Recently, the groin strain connected to those injuries has limitedhim the most and is the reason he was out Sunday. The defending American LeagueMVP also played through a bruised shin and knee for a few weeks.Hes played 143 games through it all, and is leading theleague with a .349 average and 136 RBIs. Hes second in home runs with 44,trailing Baltimores Chris Davis by seven.Detroits magic number is two for clinching the CentralDivision, but Leyland said a Catch-22 exists in resting Cabrera after theTigers clinch.You are going to have four days off before the playoffsbegin, Leyland said. Common sense says you rest him. But you go seven dayswithout seeing a pitcher and thats no good. Thats a Catch-22.Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Cabrera hasbeen cleared to play through most of the pain and stiffness because there is nothreat of structural damage occurring. But he did allow that playing slows thehealing process.Leyland would not reveal any plan. But based on his desireto keep Cabrera from getting rusty, it would seem that resting Cabrera for thethree games beginning Monday in Minnesota with the Twins makes sense. ThenCabrera, if able, could play the remaining three games in Miami against theMarlins.IGLESIAS REMAINS OUT: Shortstop Jose Iglesias was out Sundayfor the third consecutive game with the bruised left hand suffered Thursday,when he was hit by a pitch. The hand remains swollen and Iglesias is icing itwhile receiving treatment and working it with gradual motions.He couldnt pinch-run last night, Leyland said.Iglesias said: Its better, yes, with more movement. Imgoing to see how it feels running and see how it goes. I keep it moving even if I do not feelcomfortable because it will make it better. But my range of motion is limited.Iglesias added that he hoped the rest would help with theshin splints hed been playing through.BULLPEN UPDATE: Leyland said Al Alburquerque, who pitched twoinnings in picking up the win in Saturday nights 7-6 win that came in 12innings after the Tigers rallied for six in the ninth inning, is unavailable topitch Sunday. The skipper said a few other relievers are questionable, but hadto be evaluated prior to game time.Bruce Rondon (elbow) and Phil Coke (forearm) are being testedSunday to see if they can pitch after sitting out with injuries that are notconsidered serious.However, with so much up in the air, Leyland said his topthree late-inning pitchers are available. Leyland has Jose Veras, Drew Smylyand Joaquin Benoit ready to come in after starter Anibal Sanchez. DUCK DYNASTY HURLING:There will be more impressive beards on the mound at Comerica Park forSundays first pitch than you will find among the Boston Red Sox.Three of the stars of Duck Dynasty, the popular realityshow on A&E, will be throwing out first pitches. Brothers Willie and JaseRobertson and their quirky uncle, Si Robertson, will be doing the duties. TheirDuck Commander company, which produces three-reed duck calls, has become amulti-million dollar corporation. They are huge LSU fans, and so rooting forthe Tigers will come easily.The trio will be performing stand-up comedy Sunday night atthe Sound Board at the Motor City Casino Hotel.
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