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Miguel Cabrera held out of Saturday’s lineup with abdominal issue

Aug 31, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

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Tigers manager Jim Leyland did not include third baseman Miguel Cabrera in tonight’s starting lineup against the Indians, a day after the slugger was taken out of the game early with continued abdominal discomfort. It has been an ongoing issue for Cabrera, who hasn’t been able to make it through an entire game since August 27.

Cabrera leads the American League in a multitude of offensive statistics and is the front runner for the AL MVP award. He still trails Orioles first baseman Chris Davis in home runs by four as he attempts to repeat as a Triple Crown winner.

The 79-56 Tigers are currently enjoying a comfortable 7.5-game lead over the Indians in the AL Central, so they can afford to be extra careful with Cabrera entering the final month of the regular season.

  1. shanabartels - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    They must have done tests to rule out a hernia, right? Whatever it is, it doesn’t sound like fun.

  2. rcali - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    When I have gas pains I just take some Tums.

  3. historiophiliac - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Hello, Bill. Thanks for the daily Cabrera injury report. The interesting thing to me was that Leyland elected to bat Iglesias second then and moved Hunter to third. That was kind of unexpected.

  4. brianbowman16 - Sep 1, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    makes perfect sense though. Jose has shown the ability to bunt. He also has 35-36 infield hits this year. so with us being down a big Martian (That’s my assumption of where Miggy is from cuz he sure isn’t human) let the fast guys get on for Torrii, Prince and Victor. To the astonishment of most, Leyland DOES know what he is doing.

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