BOSTON -- Tigers star slugger Miguel Cabrera, who hit 11 home runs while batting .356 in August, will miss his third straight game Monday with what Tigers President and GM David Dombrowski described as a groin issue. Cabrera, who also came out of games early Thursday and Friday, had been dealing with an abdominal strain, but Dombrowski said Monday that has cleared up.
“They’re working on it, he felt appreciably better yesterday,” Dombrowski said in an interview with ESPNBoston.com aired on WEEI. “I think the one thing we’re going to do with him this time is we want to make sure from even his own perspective that when he gets back out there, that he’s running better than what he has in the past. We would think that he’ll most likely play in this series here at some point. I’m not sure if it will be today, but I would think that would be the case.
“He’s coming along well, but we want to make sure that he is healthy and ready to go the rest of the season without any setbacks that are unanticipated.”
Cabrera, who last season became the first player to win the Triple Crown since Carl Yastrzemski of the Red Sox in 1967, is making a strong bid to duplicate that feat. He leads the AL in batting with a .358 average 24 percentage points ahead of Mike Trout of the Angels, leads in RBIs with 130, 8 more than Chris Davis of the Orioles, and is second in home runs with 43, four fewer than Davis, who has 47.
Cabrera has some added incentive to make it back into Detroit’s lineup Tuesday. Against left-hander Jon Lester, scheduled to pitch Tuesday night, Cabrera is batting .625 (10 for 16), with two doubles and a home run.