Updates from Monday, June 9
Lineup vs CWS: Kinsler 4, Kelly 9, Cabrera DH, V. Martinez 3, J. Martinez 7, Castellanos 5, Jackson 8, Avila 2, Suarez 6. Porcello starting.— Tigers PR (@DetroitTigersPR) June 9, 2014
Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera was forced to leave Sunday night's game against the Boston Red Sox after injuring his hamstring. He was replaced in the lineup by Don Kelly, per MLB.com's Jason Beck:
That single will be it for Miguel Cabrera tonight. Quick visit from Ausmus and trainer Kevin Rand leads to exit. Don Kelly pinch-running.— Jason Beck (@beckjason) June 9, 2014
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Cabrera singled, but as he began his run out of the box, he was visibly in pain, per Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe:
Cabrera coming out of the game after a single. Grimaced as he left the box.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) June 9, 2014
The Tigers announced that he was suffering from left hamstring tightness and would be day-to-day:
Matthew B. Mowery of The Oakland Press confirmed it wasn't the same hamstring that Cabrera had issues with last season:
To clarify: last time it was Cabrera's right hamstring. Today it's the left.— Matthew B. Mowery (@matthewbmowery) June 9, 2014
After struggling a bit out of the gate, the two-time reigning American League MVP has returned to top form. Cabrera is currently hitting .326 with 11 home runs and 51 runs batted in.
Since the injury is considered day-to-day, the first baseman shouldn't miss much time, which is reassuring for Detroit. John Lowe of the Detroit Free Press made the point that the team could put Cabrera at designated hitter for the time being to avoid aggravating the injury:
Of course if Tigers want to DH Cabrera, Martinez could play 1B.— Freep Tigers (@freeptigers) June 9, 2014
The Cleveland Indians are surging up the standings, but as long as Cabrera makes a speedy return, the Tigers should remain atop the AL Central. They're still far and away the best team in the division.
Cabrera's MVP defense shouldn't be in serious trouble, either. If he can pull it off, it would be the first time somebody won three MVP awards in a row since Barry Bonds took home the honor four consecutive years from 2001 through 2004.