"I doubt very much whether Cabrera will play third base before [next week's series at] Kansas City," manager Jim Leyland said.
However, Leyland said, don't expect Cabrera to get a day off anytime soon unless his sore right ankle worsens to the point that it affects him at the plate.
The move continues to cause a shuffle in the Tigers' lineup, forcing Detroit to essentially sacrifice an outfield hitter for a utility infielder at third base. After Ramon Santiago manned the hot corner Friday, Jeff Baker started there Saturday, hoping to take advantage of the .337 average from opposing right-handed hitters against Angels starter Dan Haren.
Despite the splits, Leyland said he had been hoping to get Brennan Boesch in the starting lineup against Haren. If Cabrera had been at third base, shifting Delmon Young to DH, that would have happened.
Instead, Young started in left field for the second straight night. Andy Dirks shifted to right, and Boesch was out of the lineup for the sixth time in the Tigers' last seven games. Leyland said Boesch will start on Sunday against Angels righty Ervin Santana. Unless Cabrera somehow starts at third base, Young will be out of the lineup.