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Miguel Cabrera feels unappreciated, won’t play hurt

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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera has battled a plethora of injuries in his 30’s, playing in 119 games in 2015 and 130 games last year. He’s battled hamstring, groin, backbiceps, and calf injuries just in the last few years. While he has spent some time on the disabled list, Cabrera has also played while injured. But he won’t be doing that anymore.

As MLive.com’s Evan Boodbery reports, Cabrera feels unappreciated for playing injured. He said, referring to playing through his current hamstring injury, “I went through that last year, so I don’t want to do the same thing. Nobody appreciates you when you play hurt, so I’m going to take my time and play when I’m good. I played hurt a lot of years here in Detroit. They don’t appreciate that. When you are doing bad, they crush you. They crush you. They say you’re bad, you should go home, you don’t deserve anything, you’re old. I say, ‘OK, I’m done playing hurt.’ Now I take my time.”

While Cabrera’s stats last year were by far the worst of his career, he had gotten off to a great start this season, batting .323/.407/.516 with three home runs and 21 RBI in 108 plate appearances. John Hicks has admirably handled first base in Cabrera’s absence. It’s not currently known when Cabrera will come off the disabled list, as he recently felt soreness in his hips and back while receiving treatment. He was eligible to come off the DL on Monday.

A.J. Hinch: “If it was any other time of the year, [José Altuve] wouldn’t be in the lineup.”

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It has been evident throughout the playoffs that Astros second baseman José Altuve’s right knee is bothering him. Altuve battled a right knee issue in July, then banged it up again in Game 2 of the ALDS and it’s been a problem ever since.

Manager A.J. Hinch said that if it were the regular season, he wouldn’t put Altuve in the lineup. Per MLB.com’s Richard Justice, the full quote:

He’s hurt. And if it was any other time of the year, he wouldn’t be in the lineup or wouldn’t be playing. He’d probably be on the DL. … But he’s showing up every day in good spirits, ready to go, giving 100 percent of what he’s got. He should be commended.

Hinch also said of Altuve, “His teammates revere him. The production that he’s doing on one leg is pretty incredible. And he’s trying not to talk about it. And therefore I am.”

During the ALCS, Altuve has hit .250/.368/.313 in 16 at-bats. He has just one extra-base hit but he has racked up three singles and drawn three walks while scoring four runs. Hinch has had Marwin González start at second base Games 3 and 4 and is doing so again on Thursday night in Game 5.