Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera was showing signs of arm discomfort through all his at-bats in Thursday’s game against the Kansas City Royals. However after exiting the game early, he was subsequently diagnosed with a right hamstring strain. Effective Friday afternoon, he has been placed on the 10-day disabled list.
It’s obvious the arm tightness that was responsible for his early exit on Sunday is still a concern, however this new injury adds additional worry for the Tigers. He has already sat out three games as a precautionary measure for the arm complaints, and the Tigers cannot risk him exacerbating two injuries by letting him continue to play. A trip to the disabled list is a smart precautionary move for the team, letting Cabrera heal before sending him back out to play.
In a corresponding move, the Tigers have recalled catcher Grayson Greiner from Triple-A Toledo to serve as backup catcher to James McCann, and giving manager Ron Gardenhire the freedom to use John Hicks at first without fear of losing his only catching option.