Miguel Cabrera has been placed on the 10-day disabled list after suffering a groin injury during Friday’s game against the Twins, George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press reports. He made a diving effort at first base to make a play and immediately knew the injury had occurred.
“He is likely to miss two to four weeks,” the Fantasy Doctor’s Dr. Selene Parekh said. “These [injuries] can nag all season long if not give the proper time to heal.”
Cabrera is expected to miss several games if not a few weeks. The first baseman was batting .268 with three home runs and nine RBI before going down with the injury. He joins J.D. Martinez as the second power hitter on the team to go down with an injury in 2017.
The injury will slide Victor Martinez and Justin Upton up in the lineup to help compensate for the loss of Cabrera’s run production. However, Martinez, who is next of the team’s depth chart at first base, is batting just .208 this season. Despite having plenty of experience at first base in his career, the Tigers had only started him at first base five times in 2016 to keep him healthy. At 38 years old, the Tigers would ideally like to leave Martinez in the designated hitter spot while a younger player takes over first base.
Alex Avila could be an option if the Tigers are willing to play two catcher eligible players on the field at once. Avila has split duties behind the plate with James McCann in his return to the Tigers in 2017, but has been hitting the cover off the ball in the few plate appearances he has had. He is batting .412 with two home runs and five RBI in 17 at-bats thus far in 2017. He also made 13 starts at first base for Detroit in 2015, making him a safer choice to start at first base than an aging Victor Martinez. But since he is still the backup catcher, he may not get everyday starts.
The organization may choose to call up veteran journeyman Efren Navarro who is currently playing for the team’s Triple-A affiliate Toledo Mud Hens. He is currently batting .395 with two home runs and eight RBI in 43 at-bats this season. However, fantasy owners should only need to keep their eyes on Avila for now, if the team decides they want to use him at first base and give him more at-bats. Avila seems like the top candidate to play first base in Detroit right now.