Miguel Cabrera, who went on the 10-day disabled list with a hamstring strain on May 4, said Tuesday he’s not sure when he’ll resume baseball activity. He made it clear he’s not coming back until he’s healthy.
“I don’t want to rush it,” he said of still having tightness in the hamstring. “When you are tight, your back is tight. It’s all the same thing.”
Cabrera has dealt with back issues in the past. He’s played through injuries — and played well — but said this time he’s not going to return until he’s healthy.
“Nobody appreciates when you play hurt, so I’m going to take my time and play when I’m good,” he said, half-joking. “I play a lot of years hurt here in Detroit. They don’t appreciate that. When you are doing bad, they crush you. They crush you. They say you are bad. You should go home. You don’t deserve anything. That you are old. I say ‘OK. I’m done playing hurt.’ When you are going good they say, ‘Oh, oh, you’re good.’ Now I take my time.”
Cabrera, 35, is batting .323 with nine doubles, three home runs and 21 RBIs in 26 games this season.
He batted .249 with 22 doubles, 16 home runs and 60 RBIs in 130 games last season.
Right-handed pitcher Alex Wilson, who went on the 10-day disabled list on May 8 with left plantar fasciitis, threw standing up for the first time on Tuesday. But he said he’s not able to field his position yet, so he might be out another couple of weeks.
“I can’t run yet,” Wilson said. “I can’t do any lateral movements. Do I feel like I can get on the mound and throw? Yes. Do I feel like I can do my entire job? No. That’s the frustrating part of what I have.
“I think I’m probably two weeks away, if I had to take a guess. Just because of the fact I haven’t been off the mound yet. When I get off the mound, I’m going to have to take a few days after that, see how we do. Then I’m going to have to throw in a rehab game or two.”
What about Stewart?
Christin Stewart may be hitting well in Triple-A Toledo, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be promoted to the Detroit Tigers anytime soon.
‘“You’re in the wrong office,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said when asked about the possibility of Stewart coming up soon.
Gardenhire, though, said general manager Al Avila has a “master plan” for the Tigers’ rebuild.
“That kid’s part of it,” Gardehire said. “There’s a lot of people that like that young man. But he has work to do. Even if he’s hitting home runs. He has work to do defensively to become a complete player and that’s what we’re trying to do. He has a lot of work to do and we all understand that. We know he can hit. But there’s more than that. I don’t need DHs up here.”
Stewart, 24, is batting .304 with 11 home runs and 27 RBIs in 34 games for the Mud Hens. He also had 14 walks and 24 walks.
Other pitching updates
Left-handed pitcher Ryan Carpenter will be recalled from Triple-A Toledo to make a spot start on Wednesday for the Tigers, according to Gardenhire.
Carpenter, 27, is 1-3 with a 5.01 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 41 1/3 innings in seven starts for the Mud Hens this season. He has a 7.36 ERA over 3 2/3 innings in two appearances for the Tigers, including one start…. Left-handed pitcher Chad Bell was claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday.