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Tigers manager Jim Leyland on Miguel Cabrera’s latest groin injury: “I don’t think it’s too good”

Sep 22, 2013, 9:42 AM EDT

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Chris Iott, beat writer for MLive.com, has the story:

Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland seemed concerned about the defending American League Most Valuable Player after a sore groin forced him to leave the game Saturday night at the start of the 10th inning of his team’s 7-6 victory in 12 innings over the Chicago White Sox.

“I’m not exactly sure,” Leyland said when asked exactly when Cabrera irritated the injury, “but I don’t think it’s too good.”

Cabrera was 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored before being lifted in the 10th. He would admit only that he was feeling “sore” in the clubhouse afterward.

The good news for the Tigers is that they can clinch the American League Central title on Sunday with a win over the White Sox and an Indians loss to the Astros. Look for Cabrera to play sparingly down the stretch.

  1. vincentbojackson - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    The Tigers aren’t going to catch the Red Sox for the top spot in the AL. They’re going to open with the A’s and only home field is in doubt. Might as well shut Cabrerra down completely or they risk not having him in the post season.

    • historiophiliac - Sep 22, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      You might be the only person who thought the Tigers were after the AL’s top spot, so thanks for that insightful commentary, non-Tigers fan playing manager.

      • aceshigh11 - Sep 22, 2013 at 11:59 AM

        Meeeee-ow. Saucer of milk, table two. ;)

      • historiophiliac - Sep 22, 2013 at 12:00 PM

        Are we sharing? ;)

      • historiophiliac - Sep 22, 2013 at 12:49 PM

        BTW, that made me laugh and I gave you a thumbs up. Apparently, the down-thumbers assumed I was being catty back instead of flirty. Booo!!!

      • daviddmsvcp - Sep 22, 2013 at 1:50 PM

        I just gave all of you a Thumbs Down. No particular reason. Carry on.

  2. beelza - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    “… I don’t think it’s too good.” Well, welcome to the freaking party Jimmy Leyland. The entire planet, five weeks ago, knew Miggy should have been forced to sit until his initial injury was healed. Elite, superstar players, sometimes need to be saved from themselves. See Jimmy, Cabrera playing through his initial hip flexor injury resulted in a secondary injury – groin strain. The trainers told you the hip wouldn’t get any worse while he plays, but they failed to mention the increased probability of a secondary injury. Now, those two injuries have moved from acute to chronic. Kicker is Detroit was10-3 when Cabrera sat; priceless. All the games Miggy played in were battles won-but with a hobbled Miggy, you may have lost the war – the world series.

    • amaninwhite - Sep 22, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      The injury doesn’t look too good because the Tigers insisted on playing him when he wasn’t fully healthy earlier in the season instead of trying to get him healthy for the playoffs. Now he’ll be even more hobbled, thus significantly decreasing their chances at success in October, and they have no one to blame but themselves.

  3. 13yrsmlbvet - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Carrying around extra weight, playing everyday will catch up to you.

    • sportsfan18 - Sep 22, 2013 at 7:44 PM

      Well Cabrera came into the bigs in 2003 at 185 lbs. He is “listed” at 240 lbs but he hasn’t been that light since his time in Florida.

      There are stories from a yr or so ago quoting his teammates that he was up to 285 lbs or so.

      I don’t pretend to know what he weighs now, but it’s over 240 lbs for sure.

      Even if he was only at 285 for a while, imagine being 100 pounds heavier than when he came into the bigs in 2003.

      Dude was able to eat more with all the big league bucks he’s been pulling in.

  4. zackd2 - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    They must be glad they’re getting Peralta back. Can’t wait til he starts a game at 3B in the playoffs and Buck/McCarver praise him for being such a team player.

  5. mrlaloosh - Sep 22, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Time for “getting by with a little help from my friends”. Again.

  6. historiophiliac - Sep 22, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    I see the thumb harpy and non-fans are out in force today. FYI, your elementary observations do not achieve the insightful commentary you were going for. Here’s something you could wrap your heads around: Miggy is going to play hurt all through the post-season. His injury is not one that will heal with a couple of days’ rest. It will improve, but he will not be 100%. His previous time off demonstrates that. Now, starting from there, try to make some calls that are actually intelligent and practical. Maroons.

    • daviddmsvcp - Sep 22, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      I just gave you a Thumbs Down. Take that!

      • historiophiliac - Sep 22, 2013 at 2:11 PM

        I am mortally wounded, Sir. Must…have…beer…

  7. rickroenicke - Sep 22, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    As I said weeks ago NOW Leyland has HIS excuse when the Tiger’s don’t win it all. Of course what that idiot doesn’t realize is it’s HIS fault! He should have rested Miggy weeks ago. Perhaps if he knew how to manage and the Tiger’s would have had the lead THEY SHOULD HAVE had he could have rested him. Hey DUMBrowski are YOU going to wake up now and fire that idiot? The Tiger’s NOT winning this year is as much on you for bringing that moron back! Hey all of you Tiger fans can relax the season will be over in about two weeks. Maybe THEN someone will pull the plug on that over rated idiot manager!

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