Mild oblique strain could cost Cabrera three games

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News

Detroit — Batting practice is becoming a bit of a hazard for the Tigers.

First outfielder Jim Adduci strained his right oblique in his last round of batting practice a week ago and was put on the disabled list.

On Wednesday, Miguel Cabrera felt something grab in his left oblique area and was scratched from the starting lineup.

Tests revealed a Grade 1 oblique strain, not nearly as severe as Adduci’s.

“We think it will be two or three days,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. “In terms of movement, when he stretched or put his hands over his head he doesn’t feel it. He had a similar injury a few years back where he did feel it stretching and putting his hands over his head or twisting.

“That took five days. He doesn’t feel this one on those same movements. So we are optimistic it will be only two or three days.”

Alex Avila started at first base on Wednesday. J.D. Martinez moved up into Cabrera’s third spot in the batting order. @cmccosky