Sport Miguel Cabrera injury update: Loss of slugger could accelerate Tigers' sell-off

16:06  13 june  2018
16:06  13 june  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera hasn't looked like his usual all-world self at the plate in 2014. It appears that the injury concerns surrounding the slugger finally caught up to him Saturday night, as he left the game against the The ankle injury could also be a critical blow to the Tigers ' playoff hopes.

In the micro of the 2018 season, Miguel Cabrera's season-ending arm injury hurts the Tigers little. They weren't expected to contend this year in the weak AL Central, or to even be as competitive as they have been (a 31-37 record through Tuesday).

In the macro, it helps general manager Al Avila a lot. He now has more cover to accelerate a summer sell-off and move the rebuild forward.

Detroit's players and first-year manager Ron Gardenhire have been doing their best to convince Avila to delay rolling the tank through Comerica Park. Decent starting pitching, solid offensive production from Nicholas Castellanos, Jeimer Candelario and Leonys Martin, and Shane Greene's work as a closer have kept them close to the first-place Indians.

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Following a leadoff single to start the fourth, Cabrera took off during Victor Martinez's at-bat. Not long after, Cabrera was removed from the game, the slugger walking very gingerly and slowly. Tigers ' Miguel Cabrera placed on 15-day disabled list, out 6 weeks with calf strain.

Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera says he'll play through injuries . Miguel Cabrera has been dealing with injuries to his back, oblique, groin and hip flexor, but he doesn't plan to take time off if he can help it."If I'm able to go out there and do my job, I'm going to do it," he said.

a group of baseball players standing on top of a grass covered field: Miguel Cabrera © (MLB.tv) Miguel Cabrera

They even managed to go 15-14 in May while Cabrera was out with hamstring and back issues. John Hicks, a journeyman converted catcher, was productive as Miggy's fill-in (.304/.345/.451, three home runs in 110 plate appearances). Gardenhire told reporters Tuesday that Hicks will fill in once more.

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But, as catcher James McCann said Tuesday after the Tigers' 6-4 loss to the Twins, a 3 1/2-month injury is a lot tougher to negotiate.

"You can't replace a guy like that," McCann said, per the Detroit Free Press. "What he brings to the table, as a hitter in our lineup (Cabrera began Tuesday with a .301/.394/.451 slash line), but also as just a veteran in the clubhouse. You can't replace it. Hicks did a good job early in the year, stepping in and filling his void, but you're talking about (a) seasonlong void. It's different than just a couple weeks."

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Links: Miguel Cabrera might come off the DL today. Cabrera ’s return will be a boon for the Tigers , but other injuries have created a bit of a roster crunch. If everything goes well, the Detroit Tigers will have their slugger back for their next game.

16, 2016 | Updated 1:35 a.m. ET Aug. DETROIT (AP) — In hot pursuit of a playoff spot, the Detroit Tigers can 't afford to lose slugger Miguel Cabrera . Especially not with so many other important pieces already injured .

If Avila sees the Cabrera injury as the cue to consider the season over, he can start offering in earnest these half-dozen players to contenders:

RHP Michael Fulmer. There was trade talk regarding Fulmer last year, and Cabrera's absence should intensify the chatter. Fulmer is a 25-year-old staff leader who can't become a free agent until after the 2022 season. There is, however, a red flag: He had elbow surgery last September and his 2018 numbers have not been good (4.40 ERA/4.27 FIP, 1.30 WHIP, 2.30 K/BB).

RHP Mike Fiers. Fiers signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Tigers last offseason after the Astros made him a free agent. He has been as advertised: a mid-rotation starter who can work deep into games. Fiers' 4.01 ERA, aided by a sharp improvement in his control (1.9 BB/9 against a 2.8 career ratio), is right in line with his 4.14 career mark.

LHP Francisco Liriano. Liriano (hamstring) is expected to return from the disabled list this weekend. That would give him about six weeks to audition for pitching-needy clubs. Like Fiers, he has been serviceable this year (3.90 ERA/4.96 FIP, 1.21 WHIP), although his strikeouts have been down (7.0 per 9). He's making just $4 million on a one-year contract.

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The Tigers ’ slugger seemed to injure himself on a defensive play. UPDATE : Miguel Cabrera left tonight's game with a left biceps strain and is day to day.

According to ESPN, the injury happened in the bottom of the first after Cabrera lined out to right field and appeared hobbled as he jogged towards first Bleacher Report notes that, since joining the Tigers in 2008, Miguel has only missed 17 games. Watch as Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera hobbles off the field

RHP Shane Greene. The 29-year-old Greene could be an intriguing deadline option. He's 15 for 18 in save opportunities this year despite a 4.02 ERA and he has two years of club control after this season. The production and contract should warrant at least a few trade discussions.

CF Leonys Martin. The veteran has bounced back from a lost 2017 season with the Mariners and Cubs. He's playing every day — in fact, most of the Tigers' regulars are playing every day, because the bench is thin — and producing (.805 OPS, nine home runs, three defensive runs saved). Even better, he's making just $1.75 million this year and will be arbitration-eligible in 2019. Teams hunting for outfield depth should be calling Avila.

SS Jose Iglesias. The defense-first Iglesias has been on the market for months. Avila told reporters in January (per CBS Detroit) that he expected to trade the pending free agent this season. Iglesias, 28, remains a below-average hitter (.305 OBP, 86 OPS+), so teams better be in love with the glove.

That leaves Castellanos, Candelario, closer-in-waiting Joe Jimenez, left-hander Matthew Boyd and maybe McCann (Avila will listen on him, too) to help form the cornerstone once the razing is finished. With Cabrera done for the year, the bulldozer is closer to getting cranked up.

Twins demote All-Star Miguel Sano to minors .
Miguel Sano was batting .203 with 66 strikeouts in 148 plate appearances in 2018.According to the Star Tribune, Minnesota has demoted the 2017 All-Star to Class A Fort Myers.

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