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Miguel Cabrera exits game in second inning with sore ankle

Aug 23, 2012, 1:26 PM EDT

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1:40 p.m. EDT update: The Tigers announced that Cabrera is day-to-day with right ankle soreness.

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Miguel Cabrera was removed from Thursday’s game against the Blue Jays in the second inning with an injury.

Cabrera wasn’t involved in the play before he departed, but something was bothering him at third base. Manager Jim Leyland and the trainer came out to talk to him, and he was replaced by Ramon Santiago.

His posture suggested his back was bothering him, but Tigers color guy Rod Allen seemed to think it was his ankle. He did appear to be favoring it somewhat while running out a flyball in his first at-bat.

Cabrera is hitting .326 with 31 homers and 105 RBI in 482 at-bats this season. He ranks second in the AL in average, tied for fifth in homers and first in RBI.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 23, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Abdominal muscles? The Jays broadcast team think that he got hurt during his at bat. By the way, Gose made a great catch on the play.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 23, 2012 at 1:50 PM

      The ankle was also mentioned on Sportsnet as a possible problem. Hope it is not serious.

  2. randygnyc - Aug 23, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    A real MVP candidate can be measured by how the team performs without him. Without Cabrerra, Detroit is in a lot of trouble. They are busy praying that there’s nothing serious.

    • Detroit Michael - Aug 23, 2012 at 1:53 PM

      Baloney. If a team gets hot or cold while a particular player is not in the line-up has so much randomness and unrelated factors mixed in that it’s an incredibly poor metric by which to measure who valuable the missing player was. You are much better off to measure more directly how many wins the player helped generate when he was in the line-up, not that there is a single correct way to do that.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 23, 2012 at 2:00 PM

        You mean that it is not Cabrera’s fault that Encarnacion just hit a 2 run homer off Verlander?

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