KANSAS CITY -- Miguel Cabrera was back at the hot corner for Tuesday's series opener against the Royals.
Cabrera, battling a sore right ankle, served as the team's designated hitter for the first two days of this past weekend's series against the Angels. Tigers manager Jim Leyland then gave the All-Star an off-day on Sunday with hopes of having him return for Tuesday's game.
"The trainers seem to think it was good timing for him," Leyland said. "Hopefully it was a good move. It was a good move, whether it worked or not."
Leyland said he expects the effects of the injury to go away and not continue to bother Cabrera for the rest of the season.
Considering Cabrera's success against Kansas City, it's a good time for the Tigers to get him back. In 81 career contests against the Royals, Cabrera is batting .333 with 21 doubles, 16 home runs and 59 RBIs. He ranks ninth among active players both in batting average and slugging percentage against the Royals.
Cabrera's been hot all season, but particularly so this month. In 22 games, Cabrera is hitting .338 with an OPS of 1.076. He's smashed seven home runs and driven in 21 runs in August.