Hosmer grateful to Miggy for giving up ASG at-bat

Closer Davis, center fielder Cain making progress with injuries

Hosmer grateful to Miggy for giving up ASG at-bat

DETROIT -- Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, the All-Star Game Most Valuable Player, and manager Ned Yost were still fielding questions on Friday about Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera's selfless gesture toward Hosmer during the 2016 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard.

Cabrera had approached Yost in the dugout and requested that Yost not pinch-hit for Hosmer with him because Cabrera wanted Hosmer, who had homered and drove in another run with a single, to get another at-bat and a chance to win the MVP award.

"It meant a lot," Hosmer said Friday. "It really did. A guy like that, we all know he's the best player in the game, and for him to say that to Ned meant a lot. I told [Cabrera], 'No, fans want to see you.' But Miggy had his mind made up.

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"I thanked him seven or eight times after the game, telling him he didn't have to do that."

Cabrera said, "I figured he had a chance [at MVP]. I've been in 11 All-Star Games, and I never had the chance to be MVP. So to see a guy go to his first All-Star Game and he's starting and he did what he did, it's very special, a very special moment."

Yost was the least surprised by the gesture.

"Those guys all think about each other," Yost said. "David Ortiz only wanted two at-bats because he wanted [Edwin] Encarnacion to get two at-bats. Robinson Cano came up to me in the last inning and said, 'Can you do me a favor and let [Eduardo] Nunez play?' Last year it was [Jason] Kipnis who gave up his at-bat so [Mike Moustakas] could get an at-bat. Guys do it all the time."

Hosmer's two hits, two RBIs

As for the truck that Hosmer won for being MVP, he maintained that he was giving it to his father, Mike, but that he had no idea how the truck would get to his father's home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from San Diego.

"Pops will have to figure that out," Hosmer said.

Davis, Cain getting close
Yost said that closer Wade Davis, who is eligible to be activated from the disabled list (forearm strain) Saturday, could indeed be activated by then.

"He's much better," Yost.

Lorenzo Cain, though, is still at least a few days away from being ready for a rehab assignment. He's been out with a strained hamstring.

"He's about 85 percent now," Yost said. "He can't really get to that final gear, so he might not go out [on a rehab assignment] until next week."

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.