The Detroit Tigers received information from team doctors that allowed them to breathe a sigh of relief about Miguel Cabrera, who was put on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a left biceps strain.
Cabrera, too, was relieved upon hearing the injury was a “mild strain,” manager AJ Hinch said Monday. This means the former two-time American League MVP could return soon.
“It’s been confirmed that he’s got a mild strain in the belly of his biceps,” Hinch said. “We don’t feel like it’s major, but we feel like he’s going to need a little bit of rest and some therapy in order to get himself back ramped up, and we’ll see how long that takes. Hopefully, it’s the shortest amount (of time) possible.”
As the Tigers continue their 10-game road trip for Monday’s game in Houston, Cabrera is traveling with the team. Hinch said he will not play during the three-game series against the Astros.
Once the Tigers leave for a four-game slate with the Oakland Athletics, the organization will re-examine Cabrera’s health. He is going to be reevaluated series-by-series until it’s determined he can play again.
“Good news that it was mild,” Hinch said. “He went through his battery of tests. We’ve had our doctors review it. We’ve talked with them. Now, he’s got to do the rehab part of it to get himself back ready, but hopefully, that’s it.”
Cabrera, who turns 38 on Sunday, is hitting 3-for-24 (.125) this season with one double, one home run, three RBIs, three walks and four strikeouts. Two treasured milestones in his 19-year MLB career are on the horizon. He is 131 hits away from 3,000 and 12 home runs away from 500.
This season, Hinch has used Cabrera at first base in four of his seven games. He spent the 2020 campaign as the full-time designated hitter and did not have injury troubles throughout the shortened season.
In August 2016, Cabrera strained his left biceps and missed one game, thus avoiding a trip to the injured list. In June 2018, however, he ruptured his left biceps tendon, underwent surgery and missed the remainder of the season.
Cabrera shouldn’t need to worry this time, considering the new and encouraging information.
“Quite honestly,” Hinch said, “I think he was relieved just to be told that it was mild and not something more major.”