LOS ANGELES -- Miguel Cabrera will miss the Tigers' upcoming two-game series at Seattle to be with his wife in Florida for the birth of their second child.
It leaves a big void for Detroit to fill against the Mariners. But as manager Jim Leyland pointed out, it's a loss the team can completely understand.
"We're going to be playing a little bit short, but for the right reason," Leyland said. "I wish him the best of luck, obviously, with the child and everything."
Cabrera's wife, Rosangel, is scheduled to have labor induced on Tuesday near their home in Miami and give birth to their second daughter. Because the Tigers play Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon in Seattle, it would be just about impossible for Cabrera to return in time for Wednesday's series finale.
Instead, Cabrera will rejoin the team back in Detroit for the start of their upcoming homestand Friday night.
Cabrera hit his 10th home run of the season in Sunday's win over the Dodgers. His 40 RBIs lead the Major Leagues, and his loss will leave the Tigers tinkering the middle of the lineup. With Carlos Guillen on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo, Detroit doesn't have a proven run producer to fill in. They could conceivably give rookie Brennan Boesch a chance in the cleanup spot, or they could move Johnny Damon down in the order.
Both Tigers utility players, Don Kelly and Ryan Raburn, have experience playing first base. So it appears unlikely the Tigers will make a short-term roster move to add a position player.
"I've got plenty of options," Leyland said. "I'm not worried about that. You don't like that bat being out of there for a couple of days, but I've got a couple guys who can play first base. I'm not worried about that part of it. You worry about losing that offense for a couple days -- like I said, all for the right reason.
"We'll make the best out of it. Hopefully everything works out for Miguel and his wife. We'll move forward."