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Detroit Tigers News: Miguel Cabrera might come off the disabled list on Friday

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Cabrera’s return will be a boon for the Tigers, but other injuries have created a bit of a roster crunch.

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If everything goes well, the Detroit Tigers will have their slugger back for their next game. Miguel Cabrera has been going through pregame drills throughout the week, and will step things up on Friday. According to MLB.com’s Jason Beck, Cabrera will run the bases and take grounders before the game, and could be activated in time for Detroit’s series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Cabrera’s return will be a big lift for the Tigers, who have stayed afloat (relatively speaking) during his absence. He has been their best hitter this year, batting .324/.407/.516 through 26 games. Cabrera was just starting to rediscover his power stroke before his latest injury too; he had five extra-base hits in his last six games before being placed on the DL.

While John Hicks has filled in admirably during Cabrera’s absence — Hicks hit .296 with a .782 OPS since Cabrera hit the DL on May 3 — he was starting to fall off a bit. Over the past 10 days, Hicks has a paltry .229 on-base percentage and .434 OPS. By moving him back behind the plate and giving him a couple days off, the Tigers might be able to fix any mechanical issues that may have creeped in recently.

The pitching, on the other hand...

Lefthander Ryan Carpenter left Thursday’s game early with an oblique strain, and will likely be placed on the disabled list. He is the third Tigers pitcher this week to hit the DL, and the seventh overall. As Beck notes, there aren’t many more options available.

It’s possible the Tigers add Reininger to the 25-man roster and shift righthander Artie Lewicki to the rotation, but that still leaves them in the bind we identified earlier this week: they won’t have a lefthander in the bullpen.

The Tigers could also make a move to add someone to the 40-man roster. Veteran infielder Pete Kozma felt like the odd man out when Ronny Rodriguez was called up on Thursday, and would need to be designated for assignment to be removed from the 25-man roster. By designating Kozma, the Tigers would create a spot on the 40-man roster for a starter. Lefthander Josh Turley, righty Drew VerHagen, and righty A.J. Ladwig are all possible options. Jordan Zimmermann could also be activated from the disabled list; he is scheduled to make another rehab start for the Mud Hens on Friday.

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Around the horn

Nicholas Castellanos and Shane Greene are creating a podcast. Citi Field, the New York Mets’ home ballpark, is on fire. And not in the good way. Clayton Kershaw might be going back on the disabled list. Ditto Alex Reyes. Matt Davidson is really, really good now. The Tigers are 23rd on The Ringer’s power rankings, which feels right. ESPN’s Keith Law still thinks Casey Mize is a Tiger.

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