Detroit Tigers place Miguel Cabrera on injured list with biceps strain


Cleveland – Not much good seems to be happening to the tigers in this town.

It’s bad enough that they’ve set a 7:24 record on Progressive Field since 2017.

But now this: The Tigers on Sunday put Miguel Cabrera on their 10-day list of injured with a strained left biceps. Cabrera appeared to flinch after messing up a pitch on the seventh inning Saturday night. He ended that attack and played two more innings on first base, but obviously he was uncomfortable.

“I didn’t like that he changed his swing to make up for that,” said manager AJ Hinch. “That bothered me. It got me over the edge last night. He wasn’t in much pain, but we need to find some answers as to why it affected his confidence and comfort.”

Cabrera has a history of left bicep problems. He strained it and missed the time in 2016 and then broke a tendon in it in June 2018 and missed the rest of the season. Hinch said Cabrera had felt a grip on his biceps for a few days.

“When I saw him swing with two hands and wasn’t able to cope with his natural one-handed swing, I told him I didn’t want him to keep fighting,” said Hinch. “Let’s check it out and make sure we smother it pretty early.”

Cabrera was scheduled to go through a series of tests in Cleveland on Sunday and spend the remainder of the road trip with the team.

For the second time in two days, the Tigers had to shuffle the deck.

Renato Nunez, a non-squad invitee who was cut at the end of spring training, was activated from the taxi squad and started on the scheduled hit Sunday.

“He’s going to get quite a bit of playing time,” said Hinch. “Looking ahead, he’s likely to play two of the three games at Houston first base, and we’ll have left-handed pitching in Oakland too, so he’s going to get a decent amount of playing time.”

To make room for Nunez on the 40-man roster, the Tigers have moved Tehran from the 10-day list of injured to the 60-day list of injured. The club also added shortstop Zack Short and Reliever Joe Jimenez to the taxi.

Nunez has had a two-season run in Baltimore in which he hit 43 homers and knocked in 121 runs. He had a chance to become a free agent after the Tigers cut him, but he decided to take an assignment with Triple-A Toledo.

“He stayed with us because he thinks he has a chance and we think he has a chance to help us at some point,” said Hinch on Saturday morning before Cabrera was injured. “He’s a real professional. He was very optimistic, very happy. He wasn’t pouting. He didn’t complain. He’s currently working and waiting for the opportunity to join our club.

“So it was an easy phone call to get him on as a member of the taxi command to reward that kind of mentality and veteran presence. Without his work and his attitude, we wouldn’t want him here. ”

Nunez said he had a few offers from other teams, but they weren’t big league deals. When all things were the same, he preferred to stay in the Tigers’ organization.

“When I was here in spring training, I liked the team and the coaching team,” said Nunez. “I like the players we have. I decided to stay here. I really like this place and hope to be here sooner rather than later. “

Little did he know that he would land on the grid less than 24 hours later.

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Dusty Kennedy