DETROIT -- Breathe easy, Tigers fans. Miguel Cabrera will be OK.
After exiting Thursday's 3-2 win over the Blue Jays in the second inning with right ankle soreness, both Cabrera and manager Jim Leyland confirmed the slugger would be fine.
"The trainers didn't seem too concerned," Leyland said. "I talked to Miggy after the game and he didn't seem too concerned [either]."
Cabrera's been dealing with left ankle soreness for most of August, but was able to play through it. There seemed to be no issue with the right ankle until Thursday, when he hobbled around first base in his first-inning at-bat -- a line drive to right field that Anthony Gose snared with a diving catch.
The 29-year-old took his usual spot at third base in the top of the second, but after the second out, Leyland and assistant athletic trainer Steve Carter came out of the dugout and removed Cabrera from the game.
Cabrera appeared in the clubhouse with his ankle taped up. He said he was OK and when asked if when he thought he'd return to the lineup he responded: "Tomorrow hopefully."
From the way the skipper made it sound, Cabrera should be healthy enough to play on Friday in the series opener against the Angels. Immediately after Thursday's walk-off win, Leyland was pondering lineup scenarios in which Cabrera would serve as the designated hitter.
"It does change something if I DH him," Leyland said. "Obviously that puts Delmon [Young] in the outfield -- if you're playing Delmon -- and a lefty would have to sit then. So it does change, but I'm just going to enjoy this one. I'll think about that later."
Cabrera is batting .326 with 31 home runs and a Major League-leading 105 RBIs.
Anthony Odoardi is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.