Found September 06, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
With a large lead in the American League Central, the Detroit Tigers may simply be playing for postseason positioning.  They have the second-best record in the American League behind the Boston Red Sox.  Should the Tigers claim the best record, they could ensure themselves home field advantage throughout the playoffs.  They will need Miguel Cabrera's help to do so, though.  And he's still not 100 percent. Jason Beck of MLB.com says manager Jim Leyland has been weighing whether to use Cabrera as frequently as he has throughout the summer to make the push down the stretch or whether to give Cabrera extra rest.  The fact is, Cabrera has been playing at less than 100 percent for months now.  Pushing him further could result in serious injury.  However, letting up could result in the Tigers slipping in the record department. "When he's been crippled up for the last three weeks or four weeks, whatever it's been, he's hit as good or better than he did when he was totally healthy," Leyland said this week. "That's why it is totally amazing. It's mind-boggling, really." For now, Leyland is continuing to watch for the signs he's come to learn.  If he sees a specific hitch, or a grimace, or anything that shows Cabrera is not good enough to play, Leyland will give him rest.  Aside from that, Leyland has little choice but to play the big slugger.  Cabrera wants to play, and the Tigers need him. Cabrera is hitting .355/.446/.676 on the season.  He leads the American League in each of those categories.  He also leads in RBI, runs scored, OPS, and total bases.  Chris Davis of the Orioles, though, leads in home runs.  Davis is what is standing between Cabrera and an unprecedented second-consecutive Triple Crown. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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