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07/02/08 12:28 PM ET

Cabrera out of lineup Wednesday

Hip strain sidelines slugger, who is available to pinch-hit

MINNEAPOLIS -- Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera was out of the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Twins, but manager Jim Leyland said he will be available to pinch-hit.

"I'm going to give him another day," Leyland said before Wednesday's game. "If the ideal situation came up, I would pinch-hit him again. But I expect him to play tomorrow in Seattle."

Cabrera was out of the Tigers' starting lineup on Tuesday after exiting Monday's contest with a tight left hip flexor. The slugger pinch-hit in the eighth inning, however, entering the game for Clete Thomas and popping out to right field off Minnesota reliever Dennys Reyes.

Cabrera was injured in the bottom of the second on Monday after dropping a throw from third baseman Carlos Guillen following a Brendan Harris grounder.

Leyland said he made the decision to hold Cabrera out of Wednesday's starting lineup because the first baseman "limped up to home plate noticeably" before his pinch-hit attempt on Tuesday.

Thor Nystrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.