Hamstring limits Miguel Cabrera to DH duties vs. White Sox

Hamstring limits Miguel Cabrera to DH duties vs. White Sox
June 9, 2014, 5:45 pm
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The White Sox won't avoid Miguel Cabrera this week despite the reigning two-time MVP's balky hamstring.

Cabrera left Sunday night's Tigers-Red Sox game with a hamstring injury though was back in Detroit's lineup Monday, hitting third as the team's designated hitter.

"He said he felt a lot better coming in today," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "He's going to get the hamstring worked on and go through the pregame stuff and as long they're no unforeseen issues, he'll DH."

After a slow start, Cabrera's been on fire since the start of May. Over his last 36 games, Cabrera has a .361/.414/.669 slash line with nine home runs and 36 RBIs -- the kind of production that won Cabrera the AL MVP in 2012 and 2013. Cabrera had a pedestrian .775 OPS in March/April with only two home runs in 23 games.

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Cabrera's only DH'd sporadically since being dealt to Detroit prior to the 2008 season, but will equal his previous season high of seven DH appearances Monday night. Despite running into a groin injury that required offseason surgery in 2013, Cabrera only was relegated to DH duties once last year.

The Tigers will keep Cabrera active on the bench while the White Sox are up to bat by having him stretch or ride a stationary bike. But Ausmus is confident in Cabrera's ability to still produce while dealing with the injury.

"Well, he probably won't be stealing any bases tonight," Ausmus laughed. "You know, he's pretty good at monitoring himself and I think he proved last year he can play through a little bit of discomfort."