Miguel Cabrera exits game in second inning with sore ankle

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1:40 p.m. EDT update: The Tigers announced that Cabrera is day-to-day with right ankle soreness.

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Miguel Cabrera was removed from Thursday’s game against the Blue Jays in the second inning with an injury.

Cabrera wasn’t involved in the play before he departed, but something was bothering him at third base. Manager Jim Leyland and the trainer came out to talk to him, and he was replaced by Ramon Santiago.

His posture suggested his back was bothering him, but Tigers color guy Rod Allen seemed to think it was his ankle. He did appear to be favoring it somewhat while running out a flyball in his first at-bat.

Cabrera is hitting .326 with 31 homers and 105 RBI in 482 at-bats this season. He ranks second in the AL in average, tied for fifth in homers and first in RBI.

Indians sign Melvin Upton Jr. to a minor league deal

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The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league deal with outfielder Melvin Upton, Jr.

Upton, 33, battled a torn thumb ligament and a shoulder issue last season, limiting him to only 12 games with Triple-A Sacramento, the Giants’ affiliate. In those 12 games, he hit .244 with one double and one home run. Upton last played in the majors in 2016 with the Padres and Blue Jays with which he posted an aggregate .693 OPS.

Given the injuries suffered by Indians outfielders in the past couple of seasons it can’t hurt to have some options for organizational depth. If he has anything left in the tank, stash him on the bench or down in Columbus. If not, no harm done.