The Tigers aren't shutting down Miguel Cabrera -- yet.
Detroit's first baseman was on crutches Tuesday and out of the lineup for the Tigers' game at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
"He's not too good," manager Jim Leyland told reporters before the game. "He's hurting. He has a pretty good ankle sprain. I'm not expecting too much too soon, by any means."
Cabrera may have to rest his case for the American League MVP with his .328/.420/.622 line with 38 homers and 126 RBI. If so, that's not too bad. He leads the league in runs (111), RBI (126), OBP, OPS+ (180), total bases (341) and intentional walks (32).
Cabrera hurt his ankle Monday night when Indians catcher Luke Carlin made a pickoff throw to first and he went back to the bag awkwardly.
"I'm not a fast man. I don't know what he was thinking. I was shocked," Cabrera told MLive.com's Steve Kornacki . "I was shocked. Nobody expected that. … That's the first time anyone has thrown over like that on me. Look at me, I'm 260 [pounds]."
Cabrera says he'll take it day-by-day, but at this point of the season it's utter madness to risk Cabrera doing any further damage to his ankle by going out and playing.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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