Calf injury sends Miguel Cabrera to the disabled list for the first time in his career

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UPDATE: According to our own Craig Calcaterra, Cabrera has a Grade 3 calf strain and is expected to miss around six weeks. Terrible news for the Tigers.

9:42 p.m. ET: After straining his left calf in last night’s game against the Blue Jays, Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera was placed on the 15-day disabled list this morning for the first time in his 13-year major league career.

Cabrera suffered the injury when he broke for second base on an attempted hit-and-run. You can watch the play here. According to the Associated Press, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he was immediately concerned “because Miggy plays through everything.” No word yet on how much time he’ll need to miss, but it’s obviously a challenging blow to the Tigers’ offense. They also have no obvious alternative for first base.

Coming back from offseason foot and ankle surgery, Cabrera leads the American League in batting average (.350), on-base percentage (.456) and OPS (1.034) while putting up 15 home runs and 54 RBI over 77 games.

Nike Swoosh to appear on the front of every uniform in 2020

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SAN DIEGO — We knew as of last January that this was coming — and the new uniform designs teams like the Padres, Brewers and Rangers have released in the past few weeks have shown it — but today the images were all released: all 30 teams will wear jerseys with the Nike Swoosh prominently placed on the front starting in the 2020 season.

The move is the result of the deal in which Nike has taken took over from Majestic Athletic as Major League Baseball’s uniform supplier. While Majestic’s logo had long appeared on MLB uniforms — they were making BP jerseys as early as 1982 and were the exclusive game uniform supplier for the past 14 years — that little M had appeared on the sleeve.

The Nike Swoosh, however, is a lot more prominent:

You can see all 30 of them here.

They aren’t all that bothersome on most uniform styles, particularly the newer and busier ones. But to my eyes the Swoosh is a desecration of the more classic, cleaner uniforms like the Yankees, Dodgers, and Tigers as shown above. Yeah, that’s some traditionalism on my part talking — OK, a LOT of traditionalism on my part talking — but it does, objectively, throw off the balance that some of the better uniform designs have long had.

Not that anyone is gonna do anything about it. That ship sailed long ago and the money has already been put in the bank. And, yes, like most things along these lines we’ll likely all get used to this pretty quickly. By May someone will likely have to remind me that I was pissed off about this here in December. I’ll grant that this is a me issue.

Still, at some point down the road, someone at Major League Baseball is going to broach the idea of advertisements on uniforms and a lot of people are going to get angry about it. When they do, I hope you’ll remind them that we’ve already got prominent advertisements on jerseys. We Just Did It.