Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera had to leave last night’s game against the Royals due to a left biceps strain.
He hurt it during a first inning play at first base and managed to tough out four innings, but ultimately he had to sit. After the game, Brad Ausmus said it seemed minor and that he’d be shocked if Cabrera missed more than a couple of games from it. Cabrera has historically played through pain for extended periods, though that isn’t always an admirable trait. The Tigers should know more about his condition today.
Detroit is already missing Nick Castellanos, Jose Iglesias and Cameron Maybin, in addition to pitchers Jordan Zimmermann and Mike Pelfrey. They’re five games back of the Indians and two and a half back in the wild card race. Losing their best hitter, who is currently sporting a line of .310/.384/.550 with 27 homers, wouldn’t do much to help that, obviously.
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.
Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.
The entire camp was placed in quarantine.
“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”
Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.
The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.
“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”