Out since July 3 with a strained calf, Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is scheduled to come off the disabled list and rejoin the active roster Friday.
It sounds like the Tigers may limit Cabrera’s workload early on, perhaps giving him a couple days off per week now that the playoffs are all but out of the question for the 54-59 team.
Cabrera was having another MVP-caliber season before the injury, hitting .350 with 15 homers and a 1.034 OPS in 77 games. This is the first disabled list stint of his 13-year career, as Cabrera averaged 157 games per season from 2004-2014.
Here’s an odd stat: Detroit’s lineup has averaged 4.3 runs per game in Cabrera’s absence. Prior to his injury Detroit’s lineup averaged 4.4 runs per game.