Miguel Cabrera leaves game with apparent leg injury

  • David Whitlock

On his path to a second straight American League Triple Crown, perhaps only an injury can keep him from reaching it.  Chris Iott of MLive.com reports that reigning American League MVP Miguel Cabrera left Monday night’s game with what appears to be a leg injury:

Credit: AP/MLive.com

Miguel Cabrera winces after scoring a run on Monday night
Credit: AP/MLive.com

Cabrera was 0-1 with 2 BB and a run and may have been injured while scoring.  According to the Iott article:

Cabrera has been battling a bad back near his left hip for some time now. He appeared to wince after scoring a run in the top of the fifth, then barely moved when Adam Dunn singled to his right in to lead off the bottom of the inning. One out later, Cabrera walked off the field along with head athletic trainer Kevin Rand. Don Kelly took his place at third base.

This changes a number of things.  The Tigers are clinging to a surprisingly scant 1.5 game lead in the AL Central, by far the worst record of an AL division leader.  They would be in 3rd place or worse in 3 of the other 5 divisions.  Miggy is leading the AL in hitting by 37 points and in RBI by 1.  He trails the Baltimore Orioles Chris Davis by 6 HR, but smart money has Davis tailing off the second half.

So Tigers fans (and really baseball fans) can hope this is just a day-to-day thing.  The postseason wouldn’t be the same with the Tigers shorthanded.

– David Whitlock (@lhd_on_sports)

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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