Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/23/13
The Tigers won a game, but lost a gamer Monday night. Unless he has a bionic hip. With Max Scherzer bouncing back from his first defeat to improve to 14-1 on the season, they beat the Chicago White Sox, 7-3, at U.S. Cellular Field. A red-hot Victor Martinez had four hits and drove in three runs in the victory. He’s now hitting .425 for July. During the game, though, Tigers’ slugger Miguel Cabrera took himself out because of a sore left hip flexor muscle. Listed as day-to-day, there’s no telling how much time he’ll miss — or if he’ll miss any at all, other than the innings he sat out in this game. “If it takes a couple of days for us to have him in the long run, that’s fine,” Torii Hunter said. Clearly uncomfortable, Cabrera pulled himself from the game in the bottom of the fifth, walking from his position at third base to the Tigers’ dugout, one out after Adam Dunn led off with a single, the first base runner for the Sox off Scherzer. “It felt weird,” Cabrera said about walking off the field. “I have to take care of myself. I wanted to get treatment so maybe I could play tomorrow. “But I don’t know about that.” The first sign of anything wrong was when Cabrera winced as he scored one of the runs Martinez knocked in with a two-run single in the top of the fifth. “Victor is the hottest thing on the planet right now,” Hunter said. “We like that.” Cabrera took his position for the bottom of the fifth, but spent most of the time between innings favoring his left hip — squatting, then stretching, and even kicking out his left leg a couple of times to alleviate whatever was bothering him. None of it worked. “It was acting up pretty good,” manager Jim Leyland said. “He’s had issues with that once in a while. “But he had to come out of the game, so that’s not a good sign.”
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