'Miggy's earned a day off,' Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Wednesday morning, speaking of Miguel Cabrera, who had played in all of the Tigers' first 86 games. (Robin Buckson / Detroit News)
Detroit — Tough enough that the Tigers were staring Wednesday at Zack Greinke as the Dodgers’ starting pitcher ahead of their 1:08 game, but Detroit was also taking on Los Angeles minus Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez.
“Miggy’s earned a day off,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Wednesday morning, speaking of his No. 3 hitter and first baseman who had played in all of the Tigers’ first 86 games.
Also missing Wednesday, for the fifth straight day, was Victor Martinez, whose side soreness might keep the Tigers’ prized designated hitter (.328, .990 OPS) shelved until after next week’s All-Star break.
“He said he felt a little better today,” Ausmus said, acknowledging that Martinez, even if he feels good enough to hit in game match-ups, might be protected during the upcoming four-game series at Kansas City ahead of the All-Star intermission.
“What’s the upside of playing in K.C. with four days off afterward?” Ausmus asked, rhetorically.
Cabrera, who had three hits in Tuesday’s wild 14-5 victory over the Dodgers, now has 359 multi-hit games for the Tigers (tying him with Rudy York).
“That’s why he hasn’t had a day off all year,” Ausmus said, his candor wrapped in a quip.
The Tigers entered Wednesday with a 49-37 record and a 4˝ game lead over the Royals in the American League Central.