DETROIT--Sunday afternoon, Miguel Cabrera switched with Victor Martinez to be the Tigers designated hitter for a day. In the seventh inning, Cabrera hit a single to left field, but while at first base he was shaking his right leg and reaching for his right hamstring.
Shortly thereafter he was taken out of the game despite Cabrera's best efforts to convince Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and head athletic trainer Kevin Rand that he was OK to remain in the game.
"He said he could stay in. If this was September 19 and it was an important game and we weren't down by 10 it would have been a different story," Ausmus said after the game. "There was no reason to take a risk so we might as well just get him out of there."
Following the game, however, Cabrera said there was no concern. "I'm feeling much better now. It was just a little cramp, but they decided to take me out." The cramp did not prevent him from wreaking havoc on reporters' attempts to interview teammate Ian Kinsler, answering questions for Kinsler who decided Cabrera was doing just fine without Kinsler needing to answer anything.
As if one injury scare wasn't bad enough for the Tigers, Joba Chamberlain also exited the game in the eighth for a right ankle contusion. Rougned Odor hit a 1-0 pitch softly to the first baseman Don Kelly who had replaced Victor Martinez in the bottom of the seventh inning.
But Kelly had to leave first base in order to cut the ball off so Chamberlain covered to record the out, however, not before Odor stepped on Chamberlain's ankle trying to reach safely.
Chamberlain stayed in the game momentarily after a visit from Ausmus and Rand and some warm-up throws. But after he walked the next batter, Shin-Soo Choo, which loaded the bases, Ausmus took Chamberlain out of the game as a precaution.
Al Alburquerque would replace Chamberlain to record the final out of the inning. After the game Ausmus said that the bruise wasn't anything to be overly concerned about however, and it was a simple contusion (bruise).
"I didn't get spiked, (Odor) just hit the back of my ankle as we were both getting to the base. I've hurt this ankle before, and I thought I could keep going, because I didn't want Al to have to pitch again." Chamberlain said.
"But after that first batter, I could tell it was swelling a little. I wanted to make sure and get ice on it so that I'll be ready for tomorrow. We'll see how I feel in the morning, but I think I'll be ready to go in Oakland." (h/t Dave Hogg, FOX Sports Detroit)