Miguel Cabrera is back at third base for the Tigers on Monday after resting an abdominal strain for five days.
Cabrera made a pinch-hitting appearance Sunday against the White Sox and singled in his first at-bat since Tuesday, before immediately being removed for a pinch-runner.
The Tigers won all four games while Cabrera was absent and are currently riding an eight-game winning streak as they begin a series in Cleveland tonight. That took some of the pressure off Cabrera to hurry his return, but the 2012 AL MVP never likes to sit out for long. He played in 161 games in both 2011 and ’12, and he’s never come in under 150 in his nine full seasons as a major leaguer.
Cabrera is hitting .360/.455/.668 with 32 homers and 99 RBI this season. He leads the AL in average and is second to Baltimore’s Chris Davis in both homers and RBI.