CHICAGO -- Miguel Cabrera returned to first base Thursday night after a two-game stint as designated hitter. Cabrera had been nursing a tight left hamstring, but showed he was back to full mobility in Wednesday's game.
Showing no signs of discomfort, he lobbied Tigers manager Brad Ausmus to put him back at first for Thursday's series finale.
"I think everyone saw how he moved last night. After the game, he looked at me and went like this," Ausmus said while raising his index finger," which meant first base. And I said, 'Yeah.'"
"It's just, Jax, really it's a good time to give him a day off. You want to give guys a day off against pitchers they don't do as well against," Ausmus said. "It's good policy just strategy-wise, and I think it's just good for the player."
Joe Popely is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.