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Miguel Cabrera takes batting practice, could soon return to lineup

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

A series of minor injuries have kept Miguel Cabrera on the bench lately.
A series of minor injuries have kept Miguel Cabrera on the bench lately. (USATSI)

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Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera took batting practice prior to Monday's game and is feeling better, reports Chris Iott of mLive.com. The reigning AL MVP and Triple Crown winner could soon return to the lineup.

"He was in good spirits today, and I think he's feeling much, much better to be honest with you," said manager Jim Leyland. "I'm just waiting for the clearance from Miguel and the medical team. When I get that, I'll put him back in there."

Cabrera, 30, has been battling a nagging abdominal and hip issues. He also fouled two pitches off his leg and was hobbling around for a few days. Cabrera's greatness at the plate overshadows his durability -- he has played in at least 150 games every year since 2004.

In 127 games around the injuries, Cabrera leads baseball in batting average (.358), on-base percentage (.449), slugging percentage (.681), OPS (1.130), OPS+ (200), total bases (329), hits (173) and RBI (130) while ranking second in home runs (43). He's a monster even when hobbled.

The Tigers are 81-57 with a comfortable 8.5-game lead in the AL Central, so they can afford to be patient with Cabrera and make sure he's 100-percent for the postseason.

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