Detroit Tigers’ Nomar Mazara (belly) out ‘at least a couple weeks’
Detroit Tigers right fielder Nomar Mazara was put on the 10-day injured list on Thursday but it will take longer for his left abdomen strain to heal.
There’s no timeline for his return, but it will take “at least a few weeks” to finish, manager AJ Hinch said ahead of Saturday’s game in Oakland, California.
Mazara sustained the injury in the fourth inning of Wednesday’s 6-4 win over Houston. He beats .237 with two homers and five RBIs.
[ ‘Vintage Jose Urena’ solidifies rotation spot, leaving Tigers with a decision ]
“It will be more than the 10 days, but not necessarily … a very long period of time,” said Hinch.
JaCoby Jones and Victor Reyes are essentially moving out with Mazara, despite both being on the grid on Saturday and Akil Baddoo having a day off.
Cabrera takes BP
Miguel Cabrera set up some grounders and hit some punches in the batting cage in Oakland.
He was placed on the 10-day IL with a left bicep trunk on Sunday. He will miss the home run with three games against Pittsburgh but could be activated towards the end of next week if all goes well.
“I expect him to do some punching exercises on the field when we get back to home,” said Hinch.
After hitting a two-run homer in his first attack, Cabrera only had two hits in 23 bats before retiring.
Basic theft is not a priority
On Saturday the Tigers only stole three bases, two from Robbie Grossman. The stolen base has received less emphasis across the baseball arena in recent years, but Hinch says it’s more a product of the staff.
“We’d like to run a little more,” he said. “We were very aggressive in terms of mentality in the spring. That is more important to me than the number of thefts. “