Rajai Davis suffered a Grade 1 pubic strain on Saturday


This comes with horrible timing for the Tigers …

As reported by Lynn G. Henning of the Detroit News, outfielder Rajai Davis suffered a Grade 1 strain of his pubic symphysis Saturday night while sprinting down the first base line on a second-inning groundout. It’s essentially a minor groin strain, but even the mildest of groin strains can take several days — or even a few weeks — to fully recover from.

Davis is batting .282/.320/.401 with eight home runs and 36 stolen bases in 134 games this season. He’s been the Tigers’ starting center fielder since they moved Austin Jackson to the Mariners on July 31 as part of the David Price trade and there really isn’t a reliable backup for that spot on the Detroit bench.

Ezequiel Carrera will get the nod Sunday afternoon against the Twins. Detroit can grab its fourth straight AL Central title with a win over Minnesota. A loss could set up a Game 163 tiebreaker against the Royals.

Nelson Cruz hits 400th career home run

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Twins DH Nelson Cruz hit his 400th career home run, a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against the Royals. The blast padded the Twins’ lead to 8-6, and was also No. 40 on the season for Cruz.

Cruz, 39, is the 57th member of the 400-homer club. He was previously tied with Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline at 399. Cruz has hit 163 of his homers with the Mariners, 157 with the Rangers, and 40 each with the Orioles and Twins.

Cruz entered Sunday batting .300/.383/.624 with 104 RBI in 500 plate appearances. Pretty good production for the Twins from a slugger on a one-year, $14.3 million contract. The Twins hold a $12 million club option for 2020 as well.