DETROIT -- During the Boston series, Miguel Cabrera fouled a ball off his left shin and, as a result, 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."
Therefore, manager Jim Leyland wants to get Cabrera off his feet as much as he can. He's subbed Cabrera out defensively late in the past two games, shifting Omar Infante to third base each time. He also saw a perfect chance to give Cabrera a day as the designated hitter on Sunday vs. Indians left-hander Chris Seddon.
"He doesn't like to particularly DH day games, but this is a good little [opportunity]," Leyland said. "You try to use a little sense."
Infante started at third, while Danny Worth played second base and Delmon Young got a rare day in left field. With Ryan Raburn's injury, Leyland said he considered starting Infante in the outfield -- where he hasn't played since 2010 -- but decided to rest Cabrera instead.
It's Cabrera's fourth start of the season at DH. He is 3-for-12 (.250) with a double and one RBI. He was the DH seven times in 2011, and went 5-for-26 (.192) with no extra-base hits and an RBI.