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Miguel Cabrera sits Sunday with nagging ankle injury

Aug 31, 2014, 12:55 PM EDT

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Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera made an early exit from the second half of Saturday’s doubleheader against the White Sox after struggling to make it down the first base line on a fourth-inning groundout. He’s been battling a right ankle injury for several weeks, and it seems only to be getting worse.

Cabrera is not in the Tigers’ starting lineup for Sunday’s series finale in Chicago and Tigers manager Brad Ausmus acknowledged to Chris Iott of that he has considered resting the reigning MVP for “four or five consecutive days.”

“It’s a possibility,” Ausmus said Saturday night. “But this thing comes and goes. Prior to today, the last couple days he said it felt really good. Then today it flares up again. I don’t know if four or five days — although we’ve discussed it — I don’t know if four or five days would do anything, because sometimes he comes in from sleeping overnight and it feels good.”

Cabrera is batting just .252 with a .691 OPS in 127 plate appearances since the beginning of August.

The Tigers are in a tie with the Royals at the top of the American League Central standings.

  1. xjokerz - Aug 31, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    hate to see this guy hurting again so close to the post season, maybe its time for him to DH and Vmart to play the field, id like to see him get healthy but he needs to be in the lineup more than anyone.

    • normcash - Aug 31, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      The problem is that the injury affects his hitting more than anything else—so DHing
      isn’t the answer…whether the nature of the injury is such that a week’s rest would help
      I don’t know…Ausmus and the Tigers staff say it won’t.

      • xjokerz - Aug 31, 2014 at 1:41 PM

        they cant afford to give him a week off, the tigers need to go off and hopefully end up being up on the royals by 4 games or so with a week left in the reg season so they can rest him. thats the only way i can see him being out of the lineup for any extended period of time.

  2. historiophiliac - Aug 31, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Tomorrow we start a series with the Indians, so if they are going to give him a break, today’s a decent day…not that I’m looking forward to DK.

  3. whatacrocker - Aug 31, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    I would think a league MVP would play through things like this…

    • xjokerz - Aug 31, 2014 at 2:38 PM

      2 Time MVP, Triple Crown Winner and World Series Champion.

      i would think mike trout would at least sniff the playoffs before they consider him a MVP

    • pwshrugged - Aug 31, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      He has the last two years and he’s ended up a shell of himself in the playoffs both years.

      I’d really rather see him take a few more days off in September and be healthy for October (if we manage to get there).

      • xjokerz - Aug 31, 2014 at 4:09 PM

        last year he had an oblique injury..he had surgery in the off-season…….. i think theres a reason he wasnt exactly ” HIMSELF ” during October.

        please follow baseball before commenting

      • historiophiliac - Aug 31, 2014 at 4:44 PM

        Maybe xjoker is an angry drunk. That would explain.

  4. sportsfan18 - Aug 31, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Only 9 more fully guaranteed seasons – through 2023

    Only $242 million fully guaranteed dollars between 2014 and 2023…

    DH’ing will be tough when he can’t run…

    Maybe they’ll begin allowing pinch runners from home plate…

    WHEN are teams, owners and G.M.’s going to realize that these contracts are nuts.

    Miggy IS great, but even he CANNOT perform well enough to justify this contract.

    Albert can’t for his.

    Cano won’t on his.

    Hope you get better soon Miggy, hate seeing any players with injuries.

  5. phillysports1 - Aug 31, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    How do you know Cano won’t on his ? Do you know stuff like this ?

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  7. brockkane - Sep 1, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    I am a Tigers fan and a Miggy fan BUT!

    Miggy is getting older, his power will continue to diminish. He has not been working out like he used to. He is obviously out of shape. He will continue to be injury prone throughout the rest of his career.

    He’s a power hitter! How many power hitters get stronger into their 30’s??? Being a power hitter requires a lot. So if you use that power a lot it will subside over time. Then nagging injuries will take over. Bet anybody here, he will have injury problems next year as well!

    Let’s face it people, Miggy is on the down side of his career. And I agree with sportsfan18. These contracts are insane!

    Look at Verlander, he is really bad this year, but he is getting paid mega-millions! While there are pitchers getting paid a 5th of what he is paid, pitching 5 times better! These contracts need to be paid on performance to come, not what they did last year or years past!

    Tired of paying $6 for one slice of pizza at the ballpark, while looking at $5 Hot N’ Ready Large Pizza signs all over the ballpark!!!

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