For just the second time this season, Cabrera went 0 for 5 on Friday night, dropping his batting average to .306 and leading some to question whether the two-time AL MVP is not only trying to overcome offseason surgery, but whether he may also be hiding an undisclosed injury. Asked whether Cabrera is 100 percent healthy, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told reporters early Saturday that the nine-time All-Star has “got some aches and pains.”
“Just like a lot of people do,” Ausmus said. “But he’s certainly healthy enough to play, and I think he wants to play. I’m not worried about Miggy.”
Sometimes I hear people say maybe Miggy should take some time off to get “right.” But with Cabrera out, or the threat of the Cabrera we know, it just makes a lineup that has been very weak since the All-Star break even less versatile and predictable. Clearly if he can play, he’ll play.
Detroit Tigers take Andy Dirks off rehab assignment due to hamstring – George Sipple, Detroit Free Press
Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told reporters during his pregame session today at the Rogers Centre that Dirks was taken off the rehab assignment because of a hamstring injury.
Dirks just can’t stay healthy. This is the second time he’s been pulled from a rehab stint. When the Tigers made the trades for Joakim Soria and David Price, many national pundits liked the teams shot of going deep into the playoffs with one caveat: “if they stay healthy.” Though Dirks has not been on the big league team this season, he was expected to be at some point. The sidelined unit consisting of Jose Iglesias, Joel Hanrahan, and Bruce Rondon that will not be a factor this season. Now the Tigers are apparently battling lingering injuries to Cabrera, Verlander (probably) and now Soria and Anibal Sanchez. I guess we have now entered the stage past “staying healthy.”
Detroit Tigers’ Lack Of Left-Handed Hitting Is Still A Concern – Brad Faber, Rant Sports
The Tigers’ lack of left-handed hitting is not a new concern. Many raised worries about the Tigers’ deficit of lefties before the season even started after the team traded Prince Fielder to the Texas Rangers and well before Dirks’ injury was ever reported. If the Tigers are fortunate enough to make the postseason for the fourth consecutive season, they may wish they had acquired an impact left-handed bat to go up against some of the formidable right-handed pitchers they are liable to run into.
The reason the Tigers are so hopeful of Dirks coming back is that it would be a late season left handed addition to the lineup. It seems at this point, the Tigers need anyone to step up in the lineup, lefty or righty.