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Miguel Cabrera Positioned on Tigers IL with Biceps Injury; Josh Lester Called Up

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The Detroit Tigers announced Sunday they placed designated hitter Miguel Cabrera on 10-day injured list with a biceps strain and called up infielder Josh Lester from Triple-A Toledo.

Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reported Saturday night that Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said the team hoped to really have the future Hall of Famer back 10-14 days.

Cabrera is among the most decorated players of his generation, with 12 All-Star appearances, four American League batting titles, two AL MVP awards and a global Series title with the Florida Marlins in 2003.

The 39-year-old compiled a mediocre .701 OPS through the 2021 season. He’s posted .256 average with four homers in 102 games in 2022, but he enjoyed a landmark moment when he recorded his 3,000th hit in April.

As the Venezuela native was highly durable for almost all his career, injuries have began to turn into a bigger element in modern times. He last played over 140 games in 2016, along with his most extended absence to arrive 2018 when he was limited by 38 games with a ruptured biceps tendon.

Last season, Cabrera missed 32 games, including time allocated to the injured list with a biceps strain.

Detroit will probably work with a committee method of fill the void at designated hitter. Eric Haase, Kody Clemens and Willi Castro lead the club’s reserve options.

Cabrera landing on the IL doesn’t do much to impact the Tigers’ outlook for the rest of the growing season being that they are last in the AL Central with a 51-82 record, nonetheless it could impact home attendance since seeing Cabrera at the tail end of his career is among Detroit’s biggest draws, although he plans to play next season.

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