The Detroit Tigers plan on taking it easy with Miguel Cabrera‘s sore hip, and it appears the reigning American League MVP will be back in the lineup soon. But his durability is being tested right now, more so than it has been in his entire MLB career.
Cabrera sat out Tuesday’s 6-2 win over the Chicago White Sox with a sore left hip flexor, which forced him to make an early exit on Monday. The Tigers say it’s day-to-day, and speculation is he may not play in the final two games of the series against the White Sox. The team is hoping he will not need to be placed on the disabled list.
That hope comes for good reason: Cabrera’s bat is too explosive for the team to have it out of the batting order. He came into the day leading the league with a .358 batting average and was second in home runs and RBIs with 31 and 96, respectively. Those are numbers expected of him practically every season.
The hip issue has haunted Cabrera in the past, although, he’s been an Iron Man of sorts with the Tigers in recent seasons. He’s been in least 150 games every season he’s been in the majors since his rookie year in 2003.
Although it sure doesn’t seem like it at times, Cabrera is only human. The Tigers need to make sure he’s healthy and ready for the final two months of the season. If they make the playoffs, the Tigers, who have a history of poor batting averages in playoffs, need Cabrera’s offensive skills.