On Saturday, Detroit Tigers superstar Miguel Cabrera exited Game 2 of a day-night doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox in the fourth inning after attempting to leg out a base hit. Cabrera seemingly re-aggravated his right ankle, an injury that has reportedly been nagging him for a while now. He was not in the Tigers’ starting lineup on Sunday.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has reportedly considered the idea of resting Cabrera for a couple of days, which might actually be a very wise idea. Yes, the Tigers are currently fighting for a playoff spot and Cabrera has been the face of the Tigers’ offense since 2008, but he is clearly not himself right now. Cabrera has only two hits in his last 21 at-bats, and he has hit only .252 with one home run in the month of August.
Admittedly, a few consecutive days of rest will probably not fix everything, but it certainly couldn’t hurt either. It would obviously be better for him to miss a few games right now than to risk losing him for the remainder of the season by running him out there when he is clearly hurting. If the Tigers are fortunate enough to reach the postseason, they will obviously want Cabrera to be healthy at that point.
Sure, the Tigers’ offense looks much different without Cabrera batting third. Even when he is not at 100 percent, Cabrera is still a potent bat in the middle of the Tigers’ order. He is not putting up the type of numbers this year that he has over the past few years, but he has still managed to hit .299/.363/.486 with 42 doubles, 17 homers and 91 RBIs, which would be a terrific season for just about anyone else.
Fortunately, the Tigers do have another pair of sluggers in the middle of their order in Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez who can help carry the offense in the absence of Cabrera. The Tigers also have other veteran players such as Torii Hunter and Ian Kinsler who are more than capable of adding a jolt to the Tigers’ offense. Hopefully Cabrera can return at some point and start mashing the way that he has for the past decade, but right now the safe move appears to be to rest him — at least for a couple of days.