Tigers' Cabrera to skip Home Run Derby

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News
Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera watches his ball after hitting a two-RBI single off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Josh Tomlin in the fifth inning.

Cleveland – Miguel Cabrera didn’t hesitate.

Asked if he planned to participate in the Home Run Derby during the All-Star Game festivities in San Diego next week, he said, “No, no. I mean, I’ve got to get some rest for the second half. I’ve been battling my knee and my back (soreness). I’ve got to get some rest. So, no, no Derby.”

As of right now, Cabrera is the Tigers’ lone representative in the game. He was selected for the 11th time in his career and seventh time as a Tiger – a fact that displeases him.

“It means a lot (to be selected),” he said. “But I think a lot of guys in this clubhouse deserve to go there. But that’s the way it is, that’s the system. We can’t do anything about it, but it’s a little disappointing because a lot of my teammates deserve to go.”

Ian Kinsler still has a shot. He is one of five players in the Final Vote.

“Now we’ve got to make a push for Kinsler,” Cabrera said. “He is one of our best players in the lineup. He does everything to win games for us. Victor (Martinez) does the same thing. (Nick) Castellanos is having a helluva year. (Michael) Fulmer has been sensational as a rookie.

“It’s kind of hard that they’re not picked. But it’s the system.”

Kinsler is on the Final Vote ballot with the Rays Evan Longoria, Red Sox Dustin Pedroia, Blue Jays Michael Saunders and Astros George Springer.

“I would love to play in the game,” Kinsler said. “It’s always an honor, always a privilege to be an All-Star. If I’m deserving, if the people think I’m deserving, I guess I will go. There are obviously other good players in the Final Vote, guys who are having really good years. They should all be there.”

Being it the Final Vote, though, has put Kinsler in limbo in terms of making plans to be with his family during the break.

“I don’t know if it’s necessarily fair to the players, this Final Vote,” he said. “It kind of leaves you hanging a little bit. But it’s good for the game. It’s good for the fans and it’s a fun thing. I’ll just wait until Friday.”

Roster move

The Tigers recalled right-hander Bobby Parnell from Toledo Wednesday. They had sent Buck Farmer back to Toledo Tuesday night after he’d threw 2⅔ innings in the 12-1 loss to the Indians.

Parnell had nine saves and a 3.07 ERA at Toledo, with 25 strikeouts in 29⅓ innings.