Miguel Cabrera gave the Tigers quite the scare this afternoon when he was forced to exit with abdominal discomfort following an awkward slide into second base in the fifth inning, but just like with his recent nagging injuries, he plans to play through the pain.
According to Bobby NIghtengale of MLB.com, Cabrera said after today’s game that he intends to be in the lineup tomorrow night when the team begins a three-game series against the second-place Indians.
“I’m OK,” Cabrera said. “I’ll play tomorrow. Don’t worry.”
Tigers manager Jim Leyland said that Cabrera was dealing with pain from his abdomen to his groin, which is why he grabbed at his left leg/knee area after the slide. With his mobility severely limited, it would probably be a good idea for him to take a few days off. And while he doesn’t intend to miss any time right now, that could happen if the Tigers create a little more distance between themselves and the Indians this weekend. They are up six games at the moment. Of course, taking some days off down the stretch may hurt Cabrera’s chances for a second straight Triple Crown, but this team has designs on redemption after getting swept in the World Series last year.
Cabrera currently leads the American League with a .359 batting average and 130 RBI. He ranks second with 43 home runs, just four behind the Orioles’ Chris Davis.
Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon achieved a rare feat during Monday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition against the Orioles: he homered twice in one inning. One of those homers happened to be a grand slam.
Leon led off the top of the fifth inning with a solo home run off of Logan Verrett. Verrett continued to get knocked around, giving up three singles and a walk before being relieved by Brian Moran. Moran gave up a walk to load the bases, then a single to knock in a run and keep the bases loaded. Leon stepped back to the plate and swatted a grand slam to left field, making it an eight-run fifth for the Red Sox. The Sox would tack on one more before the inning was mercifully ended.
How often do players homer twice in one inning during the regular season? Not that often. Since 2010, the feat has been accomplished four times in the American League and twice in the National League. The Orioles’ Mark Trumbo was the only one to do it last year.
As for Leon, he’s on track to open the season as the starting catcher in Boston, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reported last week.
The Phillies announced on Monday that the club released veteran catchers Ryan Hanigan and Bryan Holaday. Both were competing for the back-up catcher spot on the team’s 25-man roster. With both out of the picture, that means Andrew Knapp has won that honor.
Knapp, 25, hit a combined .266/.330/.390 with eight home runs and 46 RBI in 443 plate appearances last year at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He did not have a great spring but has hit well as of late, which likely pushed him ahead of Hanigan and Holaday. Knapp will serve as the understudy to starting catcher Cameron Rupp.