"No, he's not OK," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Wednesday morning when asked about Cabrera, who was in the lineup despite being seen hobbling in the 11th inning of Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the White Sox.
Cabrera has been slowed by an abdominal strain for about three weeks, a span in which he's missed seven games.
He came up lame on Tuesday after lining a drive off White Sox reliever Addison Reed and being thrown out at first while trying to slide. Cabrera injured a shin on the play -- not aggravating his abdominal issue -- but Leyland said he didn't have any issue with the slide, calling it "a reaction to try to win a game."
Cabrera is the biggest name, but is just one of a handful of Tigers dealing with the usual nicks that accompany the season's dog days.
"This has been a tough stretch, a tough grind," said Leyland, whose team concluded a 10-game road trip on Wednesday. "They're tough, they go at it, they give you everything they've got. I couldn't be happier with them. We've got a lot of guys visibly you can see are hurting a little bit."
Despite the pain, Cabrera is still hitting. He smacked his 38th home run of the season in Wednesday's 6-4 win over the White Sox, a three-run shot to tie the game, and finished the 10-game road trip with six homers and 15 RBIs.