It’ll probably be too late to save their playoff chances, as the Tigers were sellers at the trade deadline and currently sit at 52-55, but Miguel Cabrera is close to returning from the disabled list.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told James Schmehl of MLive.com that it “wouldn’t shock me” if Cabrera rejoined the Tigers by August 19, which is the end of the team’s next road trip.
Cabrera has been out since early July with a strained calf that was initially expected to keep him sidelined for six weeks, so he’s right on schedule.
Cabrera was having a typical–which is to say MVP-caliber–season before the injury, hitting .350 with 15 homers and a 1.034 OPS in 77 games. Since his injury the Tigers are 12-16, but their runs per game is actually slightly higher (4.5) compared to when Cabrera was in the lineup (4.4).