At first glance, Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera appeared to injure himself doing nothing, or next to nothing, on a pop-up hit to another player during Thursday afternoon's game against the Toronto Blue Jays.
It's not until the end of the video do we get a better idea of what's wrong with Cabrera. That's when we see an earlier sequence of him limping while running to first base on a fly ball hit in the first inning. Tigers TV analyst Rod Allen adds helpfully that Cabrera has been bothered by an "issue ... with his left ankle for about three weeks now."
Whatever the injury is, it doesn't appear to be too bad, though anytime Cabrera submits to being taken out in the second inning, it's cause for pause in Motown.
Indeed, any moment missed by Cabrera could be detrimental to Detroit's chances in the respective AL Central and wild-card races. The Tigers went into action two games behind the first-place White Sox and one game out in the wild card. Cabrera, who has been touted for AL MVP by manager Jim Leyland, came in ranked second in the league in batting average, fifth in home runs and second to Mike Trout of the Angels in Wins Above Replacement.
Cabrera's exit also came hours after the Tigers announced that right-hander Doug Fister would miss his next scheduled start Saturday because of tightness in his right groin. Fister probably will get over it in the long run, but with about a quarter of the season to go, not having him even once, in a tight race (so to speak), could cost the Tigers dearly.
It's that time of the season, boys and girls.