Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera apparently suffered a lower-body injury during the ninth inning of Tuesday night's game against the Minnesota Twins while swinging at a pitch.
The exact injury wasn't specified after the game and it was unclear whether Cabrera might miss any games. Tigers manager Jim Leyland indicated that it could be a lower abdomen or groin issue. Cabrera also has been bothered by a sore hip this season.
"You could see it in his facial expression," Leyland said after Cabrera went 1-for-5 and struck out to end the Tigers' 6-3 loss.
The abdominal strain has bothered Cabrera since July 22. He missed four games in early August.
"It looked like it might be the area of the stomach," Leyland said after the game. "Not sure if it was the groin, or up in the stomach area, but he was in some pain."
The third baseman is known for his durability, having never been on the disabled list in his 11-year career in the major leagues.
Despite the injuries this year, Cabrera is batting an American League-leading .359 with 40 home runs and a league-high 120 RBIs in 117 games. The 30-year-old is in the running for his second straight Triple Crown, trailing Baltimore's Chris Davis for the home-run lead. Davis has 45.