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It appears Jhonny Peralta also will be part of it after all.
Cabrera is expected back for the Tigers, and it looks like Peralta will be with the club at least for all of this three-game home set with the lowly Chicago White Sox.
Detroit (61-45) played without the reigning AL MVP in Wednesday's 11-1 win over Washington. Cabrera was out after re-aggravating a strained lower abdomen.
"I feel better," Cabrera said. "Hopefully, we can get this out of the way quick and try to be 100 percent Friday."
Athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Cabrera's injury is related to the hip issue that kept the slugger out of four games last week.
Manager Jim Leyland said the situation has been difficult for him as well as Cabrera.
"That's one of those tough things for the player because he wants to play so bad," Leyland said. "It's also one of the tough things for the manager because you don't know if you should give him another day, is he good to be put back in there? I don't really know that."
While Cabrera is no doubt Detroit's biggest threat, Peralta has turned in a solid season with a team-high 29 doubles and a .307 average. The shortstop, however, has been linked to the Biogenesis case and could draw a suspension from Major League Baseball.
It was originally believed suspensions would be handed down Friday, but now it appears news of any bans for Peralta or other players won't come until Monday.
"I don't feel nervous," Peralta said. "But yeah, I worry a little bit because I want to play every day here, and I love to be here in Detroit."
The Tigers protected themselves from the possibility of losing Peralta by acquiring Jose Iglesias from Boston in a three-team trade Tuesday night that also involved Chicago. Iglesias batted .330 in 63 games for the Red Sox this year.
"If it were a 15-day thing, like a typical injury, I think we could have comfortably dealt with it with the players we already have," general manager Dave Dombrowski said. "But when you start to talk about 50 days and a possible playoff run, we feel better going ahead with Jose."
The Tigers are seeking their first six-game win streak since last Aug. 1-7, and they've won nine of 10 overall.
Detroit's lead in the AL Central is two games over Cleveland, which added to Chicago's woes by sweeping a four-game set this week.
The White Sox (40-66) lost the first three games by allowing the Indians to score the go-ahead or winning runs in their final at-bats before Thursday's 6-1 defeat.
"They just outplayed us," manager Robin Ventura said. "Today is probably magnified because of what happened earlier in the series."
Chicago will try to avoid matching a season-high eight-game slide from May 27-June 4 by sending Hector Santiago (3-6, 3.33 ERA) to the mound. The White Sox have dropped Santiago's last six starts.
The left-hander's lone career start against Detroit was a 6-2 loss July 23 in which he allowed six runs - three earned - over six innings.
Tigers starter Doug Fister (9-5, 3.67) has posted a 1.35 ERA in winning his last three outings. The right-hander is 1-3 with a 3.89 ERA in seven starts against the White Sox, who are last in the AL at 3.7 runs per game.
Detroit has taken four of seven 2013 meetings.