Miguel Cabrera Suffers Hamstring Injury in 1st Game Back

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMay 3, 2018

Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera kneels at second while he waits for a pinch runner in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Thursday, April 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera left Thursday's game against the Kansas City Royals with a right hamstring strain.

The team announced the details of Cabrera's latest setback. 

Cabrera has dealt with nagging injuries already this season. He left an April 5 game against the Chicago White Sox with a bruised hip flexor, though he was able to return for Detroit's next game. 

On April 29, Cabrera injured his left biceps and sat out the Tigers' next three games. Thursday was his first game back in the lineup, serving as the designated hitter.

A two-time American League MVP, Cabrera has looked like his old self when he's been healthy enough to play. He is hitting .323/.407/.516 with nearly as many walks (14) as strikeouts (17). 

Last season looked like it could be the start of a fast decline in Cabrera's performance. The 35-year-old had a career-low .728 OPS in 130 games in 2017, so his early results this season have been promising.  

With Cabrera on the shelf, Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire will likely turn to John Hicks at first base. 

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