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.

Report: Martinez, Nationals agree to contract extension

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WASHINGTON — Manager Dave Martinez and the Washington Nationals have agreed to work out a contract extension that will keep him in charge of the club beyond next season, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

The person confirmed the news to The Associated Press on Friday on condition of anonymity because no official announcement had been made.

Martinez led the Nationals to the franchise’s first World Series championship in 2019, his second season as the team’s skipper.

When he initially was hired, Martinez signed a three-year deal with a club option for 2021 that had not yet been picked up by the Nationals.

After a title defense slowed by injuries and inconsistency during a 60-game season delayed and shortened by the coronavirus pandemic, Washington was 23-34 and last in the NL East before facing the New York Mets on Friday night.

It’s the second game of a season-ending four-game series at Nationals Park.

Martinez was sporting his World Series ring on his right hand when he spoke to reporters via a video chat before word emerged Friday afternoon of a change to his contract.

“The coaching staff and myself decided to wear it for the last week of the season, so we’ve been wearing it this whole week. It’s kind of cool,” Martinez said about his ring. “Come Sunday, it goes off and goes back in its little shiny box. But it’s kind of nice to look down and look at it.”

Asked earlier in the week whether he would like his up-in-the-air contract status resolved before the season ends, Martinez said his agent and Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo had been discussing the matter.

“I love it here. I don’t see myself going anywhere else,” Martinez said then. “I appreciate the family. I appreciate this organization. We’ve built a special relationship here, so I hope I get a chance to stay for many, many years.”

Then he paused for five seconds before adding: “The sooner, the better, though.”