Miguel Cabrera leaves game early for second straight day
DETROIT — Miguel Cabrera might be good enough to play.
But he wasn’t good enough to stay in the game.
For the second straight day, the Tigers’ hobbling slugger exited the game before its conclusion, leaving after just two innings of Friday’s series opener with the Indians.
He left Thursday’s game after five innings, having aggravated his abdominal injury. Same for Friday.
“Believe me, if he can’t play, he won’t play. He’s fine. He’s hurting some,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said before the game. “I checked with him today. He was all smiles. He was ready to go. He’s sore. That’s just the way it is. If he needs a day, he’ll get it. Or two days. Or three days. Whenever it is. Big series, little series, whatever you want to call it.”
Cabrera himself said after Thursday's game he'd be in the lineup Friday. He was, just not for long.