Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera could rest four to five days to heal the chronic pain in his right ankle, according to Chris Lott of MLive citing a conversation with Manager Brad Ausmus.
The 31-year-old nine-time All-Star reaggravated the lingering injury in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader vs. the White Sox. After losing the first game earlier in the day, the Tigers won 8-4 in the second matchup, but Cabrera exited the game in the fourth inning. He appeared to be in pain during a groundout in the top of the fourth inning and did not return for the bottom of the inning.
Ausmus said in the report that he's already discussed with Cabrera the idea of letting him sit out for most of the upcoming week, but he questioned whether extended rest would do anything to rehab an injury that's been bothering Cabrera on and off throughout the season:
"It's a possibility. But this thing comes and goes. Prior to today, the last couple days he said it felt really good. Then today it flares up again. I don't know if four or five days — although we've discussed it — I don't know if four or five days would do anything, because sometimes he comes in from sleeping overnight and it feels good."
The reigning two-time American League MVP is currently batting .308 with 17 homers and 87 RBI. The Tigers wrap up their series against the White Sox on Sunday and then begin another series on the road against the Indians.
- Marc Weinreich