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Miguel Cabrera left last night’s WBC game with back tightness


Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera left last night’s World Baseball Classic game between Venezuela and the Dominican Republic with back discomfort. Venezuela manager Omar Vizquel — who, as the Detroit Tigers first base coach, has more than a temporary interest in Cabrera’s health — said the move was precautionary.

Cabrera could be seen grimacing as he fouled off a pitch. Watch:

Cabrera will likely be OK, but you can imagine Brad Ausmus and the folks back in Lakeland would be happy to see Venezuela make a quick exit from WBC play.

Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from the Nats

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The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.

Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.