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Tigers unsure about severity of Cabrera's groin strain

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera left after the sixth inning Friday against the Twins with a right groin strain.

Minneapolis – It's not what the Tigers need. Not now, not ever.

Miguel Cabrera, who had seven hits in his last 15 at-bats, came out of the game after the sixth inning Friday with a right groin strain. He will be re-evaluated Saturday morning.

“Let’s hope he’s all right,” Justin Upton said. “But if he can’t go, we have to pick him up.”

Cabrera made a diving attempt to flag a broken-bat single by Twins' Robbie Grossman that triggered the fatal six-run uprising in the Twins' 6-3 win.

“That’s when he first felt it,” manager Brad Ausmus said.

He grimaced again when he had to stretch to catch a low throw from third baseman Nick Castellanos on the play that ended the inning. It took a few seconds for Cabrera to straighten himself back up and he walked stiffly off the field.

“He came in and let the trainers know it was bothering him,” Ausmus said. “We will know more tomorrow.”

The Tigers presently have only three extra bench players. If Cabrera has to miss significant time, a roster move will likely have to be made. Veteran James Loney has recently been assigned to Triple-A Toledo and would be a likely candidate.

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