The Detroit Tigers season hasn't gone as planned, but at least they received some good news Wednesday. Slugger Miguel Cabrera will return from a calf injury for Friday's contest against the Houston Astros.
Miguel Cabrera likely to play Friday but might not play all three games this weekend.
— Chris Iott (@Chris_Iott) August 12, 2015
Cabrera has been sidelined since July 3 with the injury. As Chris Iott notes above, the Tigers may give Cabrera more rest than normal as he eases his way back into the lineup.
That seems like a smart move, considering Detroit is no longer in the playoff hunt. The club made the decision to sell at the deadline, giving up key players like David Price and Yoenis Cespedes.
This marks the second straight season in which Cabrera has dealt with a significant injury. While he didn't miss many games last season, he played through an ankle injury. The issue was so severe that Cabrera had offseason surgery last October, and was limited during spring training as he recovered.
For what it's worth, that ankle injury didn't seem to impact the 32-year-old during the regular season. Cabrera was on his way to another fantastic year before the calf issue put him out of commission. He's hitting .350/.456/.578, with 15 home runs, over 333 plate appearances.
Still, the fact that Cabrera has now dealt with two significant injuries in such a short time period has to be a concern for Detroit. His eight-year, $248 million extension doesn't even begin until next season.
On top of that, he's entering an age where players start to see their bodies break down. That's not to say Cabrera will suddenly become injury prone, but he's at an age where players start to experience injuries more frequently.
When healthy, Cabrera might be the best hitter in the game. He's proven as much over the past 13 seasons. While he's returning too late to save the Tigers this season, Detroit is making a smart move by resting him more often down the stretch.
The Tigers have far too much invested in Cabrera to risk a future injury. Though the team didn't live up to expectations this season, a healthy Cabrera greatly improves their fortunes in 2016.
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