Miguel Cabrera sits Sunday with nagging ankle injury

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Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera made an early exit from the second half of Saturday’s doubleheader against the White Sox after struggling to make it down the first base line on a fourth-inning groundout. He’s been battling a right ankle injury for several weeks, and it seems only to be getting worse.

Cabrera is not in the Tigers’ starting lineup for Sunday’s series finale in Chicago and Tigers manager Brad Ausmus acknowledged to Chris Iott of MLive.com that he has considered resting the reigning MVP for “four or five consecutive days.”

“It’s a possibility,” Ausmus said Saturday night. “But this thing comes and goes. Prior to today, the last couple days he said it felt really good. Then today it flares up again. I don’t know if four or five days — although we’ve discussed it — I don’t know if four or five days would do anything, because sometimes he comes in from sleeping overnight and it feels good.”

Cabrera is batting just .252 with a .691 OPS in 127 plate appearances since the beginning of August.

The Tigers are in a tie with the Royals at the top of the American League Central standings.

Report: J.D. Martinez signing delayed by medical issue

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The Red Sox reportedly inked free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez to a five-year, $110 million contract last Monday, but there appears to be a slight hitch in the process. According to a report from Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, the team is sorting through a medical issue that has delayed the signing. The specific nature of the issue has yet to be revealed, though Drellich adds that both the team and agent Scott Boras have involved additional medical experts in the process.

For what it’s worth, Martinez remained fairly healthy during his 2017 run with the Tigers and Diamondbacks. The 30-year-old outfielder spent six weeks on the disabled list after suffering a right foot sprain during camp, but managed to make a full recovery by mid-May and didn’t relapse once throughout the rest of the year. Of course, the medical issue holding up his new contract could be of an entirely different nature.

While spring training is already underway for the rest of the Red Sox, club manager Alex Cora doesn’t appear too concerned by Martinez’s absence — yet. “The thing I can do is my thing,” he told MLB.com’s Ian Browne. “My job here is to show up every day and get ’em ready.”