The Tigers lineup on Sunday afternoon was missing one big name, as Brad Ausmus thought it would be wise to give slugger Miguel Cabrera a day off to rest an ankle injury that he aggravated on Saturday. The injury happened in the 2nd game of the doubleheader when Cabrera was trying to beat out a double play in the 5th inning. Ausmus thought that a day off today combined with a scheduled day off for the team tomorrow would give Miggy’s ankle some extra time to heal. Cabrera isn’t a stranger to playing through pain, having played most of the 2nd half of last season with on and off groin problems that required off-season surgery. Cabrera has just 3 HR’s since the end of June and is set to record career lows in that department.
Meanwhile, pitchers Joakim Soria and Anibal Sanchez are both nearing returns.
According to manager Brad Ausmus, Sanchez could return to the rotation as early as next Saturday in Chicago against the White Sox. Sanchez tossed the ball on Saturday between games and is scheduled to throw again on Monday. The hope is he’ll start to throw off the mound on Wednesday. Detroit has still yet to announce a starter for Thursday’s series finale at Comerica Park against the Yankees, but it’s expected that Kyle Lobstein will make his 1st career start. Lobstein pitched well in the 1st game in Saturday’s doubleheader in relief of Buck Farmer. Sanchez will likely start the nightcap of the doubleheader on Saturday against the Sox, but if he is deemed unable to go the Tigers will probably call up Buck Farmer or Robbie Ray to make another start. Both Ray and Farmer were hammered by the Twins this weekend in their respective starts.
Joakim Soria doesn’t have a clear date of return, but he’s getting better, according to Brad Ausmus. Soria threw on Saturday and will throw again today, and is eligible to come off the disabled list on Tuesday in time for the series opener against New York. He likely won’t return that fast, but he’s “trending upward”, said Ausmus. Soria was acquired in a trade deadline deal with the Texas Rangers and many Tigers fans believe he should be the team’s closing pitcher heading down the stretch. He has allowed 5 runs in 10 innings since the trade to Detroit.