DETROIT -- Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera was scratched from Friday night's starting lineup after taking ground balls during batting practice prior to Detroit's game against the White Sox. The team said it was because of discomfort he felt after running.
Newly acquired infielder Jose Iglesias will fill Cabrera's spot at third base, after making 33 starts at the position with the Red Sox this season. Ramon Santiago will slide into second, which had been filled by Iglesias in manager Jim Leyland's initial lineup. Left fielder Matt Tuiasosopo will bat third in Cabrera's place.
Cabrera has been dealing with a left abdominal strain for the past week and was held out of Wednesday's game due to the injury. Despite two days off for Cabrera, his injury is something that shouldn't keep the reigning American League Most Valuable Player off the field much longer. He aggravated the injury on a slow ground ball in Tuesday's game and left in the eighth inning.
Before fielding grounders during batting practice, Cabrera told MLB.com on Friday that he was feeling better than 70 percent, which was his estimate of how he felt while playing earlier this week.
In his quest for another Triple Crown, Cabrera leads the Majors with a .359 average, but he trails Baltimore's Chris Davis by seven home runs (39 to 32) and one RBI (100 to 99).
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