Cabrera was noticeably wincing in pain while running out a fly ball he hit to end the first inning. When he went out to play defense in the second, trainer Kevin Rand met with Cabrera, and the two decided he would exit the game.
Shortly after his removal, Detroit announced Cabrera is listed as day-to-day.
But fans shouldn't bat an eyelash.
At 29 years old, and listed at 240 pounds—which is generous, at best—Cabrera has played in all 124 of the Tigers games this season, and since joining the team in 2008, the right-handed slugger has only missed 17 games.
You would think a perennial All-Star, who plays so hard at all times, while tipping the scales at 250-plus, would require several off days per year, but Cabrera is a machine. In a 162-game season, guys get dinged up, and they don't call this part of the season the "dog days of August" for no reason.
Players are going to get bumps and bruises. It's nothing to overreact about, or throw in the towel.
Cabrera showed his bounce-back ability in Spring Training when he took a nasty hop off his eye that left his eye bloody and swollen. Members of the organization and fans feared that Cabrera would miss some time to start the season, but his eye healed, and besides a shiner and eventual scar, Cabrera was no worse for wear, and made it back in time for opening day.
Cabrera is a gamer. He doesn't like taking days off and won't let minor injuries allow him to sit out and watch his team, down the stretch in a pennant race.
Besides, chicks dig scars, right?
He'll be back soon.