Cabrera bruised, hobbling down the stretch
Struggling Tigers slugger won't comment on bruised face
DETROIT -- While the Tigers' offensive struggles over the past three games aren't a complete mystery, given Detroit's troubles scoring runs off and on all season, the struggles of Miguel Cabrera -- not to mention the bruise and scratch on his left cheek -- are.
After Cabrera went 0-for-4 in Saturday's 5-1 loss to the White Sox and didn't get the ball out of the infield, Cabrera went 0-for-3 with an intentional walk Sunday.
Cabrera is now 0-for-14 since his first-inning single off Scott Baker Thursday. It marks his longest hitless streak of the season.
Cabrera talked after Friday's game about needing to put his struggles behind him and focus on hitting Freddy Garcia. FSN Detroit's broadcast Saturday night showed Cabrera with bruising on the left side of his face, which was visible Sunday as he walked around the Tigers clubhouse.
Prior to Sunday's game, Cabrera said, "Right now, I have to focus on the game. After the game. Please."
Cabrera was not available for comment after Sunday's 5-3 Tigers win. Team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said after the game that he discussed the matter with Cabrera and was aware of what took place, but couldn't talk about it publicly.
"We had a conversation of a personal nature," Dombrowski said.
Manager Jim Leyland declined comment.
As for Cabrera's struggles at the plate, that's also a mystery.
"I don't know what's going on there," shortstop Adam Everett said Saturday. "I'm sure he'll come out ready to play tomorrow."
Said third baseman Brandon Inge: "He's obviously going to be pitched well. He's a great hitter. It's hard to speak for him, but I don't know."
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.