Miguel Cabrera leaves game early with sore hip flexor

Blair Johnson
Yahoo! Sports Minute Blog
Miguel Cabrera leaves game early with sore hip flexor
Miguel Cabrera leaves game early with sore hip flexor

Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera played in 161 games in 2012. The ability to remain healthy was a big factor in winning baseball's first Triple Crown in 45 years. And while the player acknowledged as the game's best hitter is off to an historic first three-and-a-half-months of the 2013 season, he'll now be faced with a new challenge: overcoming the injury bug.

During the fifth inning of a game against the Chicago White Sox on Monday in the Windy City (Detroit eventually won 7-3), Miggy aggravated his left hip flexor while scoring on Victor Martinez's two-run single. The reigning American League Most Valuable Player winced as he strolled back to the dugout after touching home. He then spoke with the team's head athletic trainer Kevin Rand and took the field in the bottom of the inning. But after barely moving on an Adam Dunn basehit (that was Max Scherzer's first in the game) and a Paul Konerko fly out, Cabrera exited. He's listed as day-to-day and will be re-evaluated Tuesday.

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And how high will Nate Robinson jump in the thinner air? The three-time NBA Slam Dunk champion has agreed to a two-year deal with the Denver Nuggets.

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