Cabrera leaves game with injury, Youkilis too

BY foxsports • June 4, 2009

Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Thursday morning that he was concerned about his team's lack of offense recently.

And that was before star first baseman Miguel Cabrera pulled his left hamstring while running the bases in the second inning of today's game against Boston.

Jeff Larish replaced Cabrera at first base to begin the third inning. The Tigers didn't score thereafter and lost, 6-3, on an afternoon when Dontrelle Willis' wildness (five walks) forced him from the game in the third.

Cabrera wasn't the only big-hitting first baseman hampered by an injury on Thursday: Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis was removed from the game for precautionary reasons with a tight right calf.

Leyland didn't want to speculate about when Cabrera might be ready to play again. Cabrera remained optimistic that he would be in the lineup Friday when Detroit opens a home series against the Angels; he seems very confident that a stay on the disabled list won't be necessary.

"Right now, I feel better," Cabrera said. "We'll see how I feel tomorrow."

Cabrera entered the game with a .351 batting average, fifth-highest in the American League. He also leads the team with 38 RBIs. Larish, whose bid for a two-run homer in the sixth sailed just foul, is the most obvious internal candidate to play first base if Cabrera misses time.

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