Cabrera has taken his swings in the event twice in his career, but not since 2010, and not since his current run as the game's most dangerous hitter. He did not take part in last year's Derby because of a nagging back injury, a decision the Tigers welcomed.
Manager Brad Ausmus made it clear he'd have no problem if Cabrera or any other player wanted to take part. But while Ausmus doesn't buy the idea that swinging for home runs in such an event can mess with a player's swing, Cabrera does.
"I don't feel like I can mess with my swing right now," Cabrera said. "I've got enough [going on with it] right now."
With Victor Martinez dealing with a sore back and uncertain for any of the All-Star festivities at this point, it appears unlikely the Tigers will have a competitor in the event. Cabrera had been lobbying for Martinez to be invited, but that was before Martinez missed most of the past week with a bad back.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.