It hasn’t been a good week for the Detroit Tigers.
On top of losing three straight to the Oakland Athletics — possibly four — the Tigers are now worried about losing Miguel Cabrera for a long period of time. On Thursday, Cabrera went all Yasiel Puig on us and tried stretching a single into a double, only to get thrown out at second base. This play would have been a non-issue if Don Kelly didn’t come trotting out to play third base for Cabrera in the top half of the sixth inning.
Many reports say that Miggy’s hip is what we should be worried about, while other claim that No. 24 was grasping for his hamstring after the awkward slide. This is big news for Tigers fans, and is the kind of thing that can totally derail any hopes that Detroit had of returning to the World Series this fall.
Cabrera has been battling medley of injuries all season, but his superhuman powers have allowed him to battle through. Judging by Cabrera’s lead-leading .357 batting average and 130 RBI, you’d think that they guy had been injury-free all season, yet that’s hardly the case.
Either way, the Tigers have no way of replacing a Triple Crown winner like Cabrera at this stage in the season. For now, baseball fans should keep an eye on Cabrera’s health as the AL Central will be even more interesting if Detroit is forced to fend off the Cleveland Indians — 5.5 games back — without its best player.