Miguel Cabrera in Tigers lineup despite hamstring discomfort
1st baseman was Detroit's DH against White Sox on Monday
Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera is in the lineup for Monday's game against the Chicago White Sox one night after he left a loss to Boston with left hamstring tightness.
Cabrera is the designated hitter for the opener of the four-game series, while Victor Martinez is at Cabrera's usual spot at first base. Cabrera played in each of Detroit's first 59 games.
"As a DH, you can have a lot of dead time in between, but Kevin Rand and the training staff's going to make sure he's stretching and moving in between at-bats, whether it's on the bike or on the table getting stretched," manager Brad Ausmus said.
Cabrera, who won the American League MVP award in each of the last two seasons, is hitting .326 with 11 homers and 51 runs batted in for the AL Central-leading Tigers. He was bothered last year by shin and groin injuries, and he had muscle repair surgery in the off-season.
Cabrera looked gimpy after he singled in the sixth inning of Sunday night's 5-3 loss to the Red Sox. He was lifted for a pinch-runner.
"He probably won't be stealing any bases tonight," Ausmus cracked, "but he's pretty good at monitoring himself. I think he proved last year he can play through a little bit of discomfort."