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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.

Brandon McCarthy to retire after the season

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Braves pitcher Brandon McCarthy said he will retire at the end of the 2018 season, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. McCarthy has been on the disabled list since June 25 due to tendinitis in his right knee. He is hoping to contribute out of the bullpen down the stretch.

McCarthy said, “I’m done after this. This is it. The offseason is the rest of my life. If I was going to keep playing, a month and a half ago I would have had the surgery that cleans the [knee] and I’d be back next year just a little bit after spring [training].”

In 15 starts this season, McCarthy posted a 4.92 ERA with a 65/21 K/BB ratio in 78 2/3 innings. He would be eligible for free agency after the season. The Braves acquired McCarthy along with Charlie Culberson, Scott Kazmir, and Adrian Gonzalez from the Dodgers in December in exchange for Matt Kemp.

McCarthy has spent parts of 13 seasons in the majors with the White Sox, Rangers, Athletics, Diamondbacks, Yankees, Dodgers, and Braves. Altogether, he has won 69 games with a 4.20 ERA across 1,223 2/3 innings. Nice.