After being taken out of the previous two games due to aggravating an abdominal injury, the Tigers played it safe by sitting Miguel Cabrera on Saturday night against the Cleveland Indians.
As reported by Jason Beck of MLB.com, Cabrera was in the clubhouse for pregame activities Saturday night, but did not participate in batting practice. He remains day to day with abdominal irritation, as general manager Dave Dombrowski prefers to be cautious with his superstar third baseman.
"I can't say for sure, but we probably could play him today, per se,"
team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said Saturday afternoon.
"But it's just one of those things where you say it's better to give him
a break, and go from there."
Manager Jim Leyland has decided to check daily match ups to determine who will play third base when Cabrera cannot play. No one knows how long Cabrera will be out, but Dombrowski said the main thing is that Cabrera need to be healthy and make sure there is no risk of further injury by playing him.
"Our primary concern with Miguel Cabrera is making sure he's healthy --
if he gets to that point, healthy," Dombrowski said. "If the doctor
tells us he's in a position where he's making it worse by playing, we
will not play him. As much as anybody would like to see him win the home
run title, the RBI title, the Triple Crown, he's is playing for the
good of the team."
The Tigers have made some moves to add depth at third base, which will help if Cabrera would miss significant time. Herman Perez was recalled from Triple-A Toledo and with September now here, rosters will expand, which will add more infield depth.
In Cabrera's absence, the Tigers moved Torii Hunter to the number three spot in the lineup behind Prince Fielder, and Jose Iglesias moved from the number seven spot to the number two spot in the lineup.
Cabrera leads the league in rbi's, hits, runs scored, batting average, on base percentage, slugging percentage and on base plus slugging percentage. Last year he was the Triple Crown winner with 44 home runs, 139 rbi's and a.330 batting average.