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Injury Updates: Miguel Cabrera leaves game; Al Alburquerque optioned

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August 19, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) makes a throw to first during the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Comerica Park. Baltimore won 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
August 19, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) makes a throw to first during the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Comerica Park. Baltimore won 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

The big news of the day is that Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera was pulled from Thursday's game in the second inning. He came out of the game after experiencing pain while playing in the field in the top half of the inning. The injury likely occurred when he was running out a fly ball in the bottom of the first. Cabrera appeared to wince as he came out of the batter's box and ran gingerly after that.

The Tigers report the move was made due to "right ankle soreness"

Cabrera has been nursing a sore ankle since hitting a line drive off his left shin about three weeks ago during a series against the Red Sox.

MLB.com's Jason Beck reported Aug. 5:

... the third baseman has been experiencing some "drainage" in his ankle, head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said on Sunday morning.

"He's just getting some drainage in his ankle from that," Rand said. "His [lower] leg gets sore just the more he's on it."

The day's other big news was the optioning of right-handed reliever Al Alburquerque to Triple-A Toledo. To make room on the 40-man roster (as Alburquerque was on the 60-day disabled list at the time), Thad Weber was removed. He was claimed by the San Diego Padres.

Alburquerque's rehab assignment expired, which required the move. The Tigers did not really have a good spot in their bullpen to stash him. He may not have been quite healthy enough either, as he was in Detroit over the weekend after feeling a problem in his elbow. He checked out fine and was sent back to Toledo.

Alburquerque has pitched 6 2/3 innings in five games, striking out 10 and walking three. He has a 2.70 ERA and 1.35 WHIP. He's likely to be a September call-up. He had two options remaining before the move.