There won't be any Miguel Cabrera bombs to catch at Citi Field next week. Last season's AL MVP and Triple Crown winner has declined the invite to participate in the Home Run Derby from AL captain Robinson Cano in order in order to ensure that he does not aggravate his back problem, according to Bobby Nightengale of MLB.com. Cabrera is having another incredible season, hitting .366 with 29 home runs through 89 games, but after talking with manager Jim Leyland and trainer Kevin Rand, he is skipping the event.
"We made the decision together," Cabrera said. "We've been talking the last few days. One day it's good, one day it's bad. It's my hip more than my back. We need to be careful. If something happened, it would be bad for the team."
Leyland acknowledged that Cabrera was not 100% and that he and Rand recommended that Cabrera did not take part. The problem has been troubling the third baseman since the start of the month but Leyland told Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press that he does not think it's going to linger all season.
“I think it will get better,” he said. “I don’t think he’ll be going through this all year long. I think it’s one of those things that, it’s fine unless a certain thing happens — when you have to make a quick move or something, that seems to be when it might flare up and then kind of goes away.”
Regardless of the problem, Cabrera has still hit four home runs this month, including one on Tuesday when Fenech says he tweaked his back catching a throw from Austin Jackson and promptly deposited the ball over the fence in his next at-bat. Skipping the derby will give Cabrera an extra day of rest and save him from taking multiple swings in a short period of time.
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