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Miguel Cabrera intends to be in the lineup Friday

Aug 29, 2013, 8:50 PM EDT

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Miguel Cabrera gave the Tigers quite the scare this afternoon when he was forced to exit with abdominal discomfort following an awkward slide into second base in the fifth inning, but just like with his recent nagging injuries, he plans to play through the pain.

According to Bobby NIghtengale of, Cabrera said after today’s game that he intends to be in the lineup tomorrow night when the team begins a three-game series against the second-place Indians.

“I’m OK,” Cabrera said. “I’ll play tomorrow. Don’t worry.”

Tigers manager Jim Leyland said that Cabrera was dealing with pain from his abdomen to his groin, which is why he grabbed at his left leg/knee area after the slide. With his mobility severely limited, it would probably be a good idea for him to take a few days off. And while he doesn’t intend to miss any time right now, that could happen if the Tigers create a little more distance between themselves and the Indians this weekend. They are up six games at the moment. Of course, taking some days off down the stretch may hurt Cabrera’s chances for a second straight Triple Crown, but this team has designs on redemption after getting swept in the World Series last year.

Cabrera currently leads the American League with a .359 batting average and 130 RBI. He ranks second with 43 home runs, just four behind the Orioles’ Chris Davis.

  1. historiophiliac - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Oh, I guess DJ wants to be the one to tell Miggy he can’t play. How big a boy are you?

  2. proudlycanadian - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    He has been playing hurt all month. He wants to continue to help his team by playing. That is what MVP’s do.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 30, 2013 at 10:43 AM

      There is a fine line between bravery and stupidity, and it is usually determined by the outcome. If a few days off in September helps him heal up for October, that may be a course of action worth exploring.

  3. mudhead123 - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    This is very unselfish. He will miss the post season because he isn’t siting to heal, but he is making sure they win the division by 20+ games

  4. brianbowman16 - Aug 30, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    wow joey, you sure sound angry. must be because that bottle of Thunderbird came up missing. listen to the misses and go to bed honey, no one likes angry people.

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