And now the rest of his season could be in jeopardy.
Miguel Cabrera, the Tigers’ Most Valuable Player candidate, was in much visible pain after spraining his right ankle in the seventh inning of a 6-3 loss to the Indians on Monday night.
The severity of the sprain was not disclosed. It will cost him playing time obviously, but with only six games remaining, it’s uncertain if it will cost him all six.
Cabrera is considered one of, if not the favorite to win the American League’s MVP award. If his season has ended, it has done so with him hitting .328 with 38 home runs and 126 RBIs.
Cabrera had singled and was returning to first on a throw to first by catcher Luke Carlin. It appeared he jammed his foot on the bag. He went to the ground, was tended to by trainer Kevin Rand, then hobbled to the Tigers’ dugout where he slammed his helmet.
Even before Cabrera’s injury, the game had turned sour for the Tigers.
Armando Galarraga held the Indians hitless through four innings and was staked to a 2-0 lead before he gave up three home runs in the fifth: To Matt LaPorta, Luke Carlin and Travis Hafner in that order.
Just that quickly, the Tigers’ two-run lead became a 5-2 advantage for the Indians.
“He made some pitches they just couldn’t miss,” manager Jim Leyland said.