CHICAGO -- Omar Infante is on his way to West Michigan for a rehab assignment with the Tigers' Class A club, and reliever Darin Downs will be joining him.
Infante has been on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained ankle sustained on July 3, and the Tigers were waiting to check with him on Tuesday to see if he was ready to make the trip. The Whitecaps confirmed on their Twitter account Tuesday evening that Infante would play Wednesday and Thursday, and Downs would pitch Thursday.
Infante said he's "almost there," but he wants to be able to take batting practice, field grounders and run at full speed. He expects the rehab stint to only last a few days.
"If everything's OK today, he's going to depart for West Michigan tomorrow, because they're home," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "And if he thinks he's OK and everything, he could possibly join us this weekend. That's the scenario we're hoping for."
Leyland said the Tigers primarily wanted to see how Infante would feel Tuesday after a full day of moving around and taking ground balls Monday.
Downs is on the 15-day DL with tendinitis in his left rotator cuff.
Miggy rests Tuesday, may sit out rest of series
CHICAGO -- After sitting out Tuesday's 6-2 win against the White Sox, Miguel Cabrera said he's feeling better but doesn't know if he'll make another appearance in the four-game series.
"I doubt very much he'll play tomorrow," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said after the victory.
But the skipper does not believe the left hip flexor injury will require a stint on the disabled list.
Don Kelly (0-for-2 with two walks) played third on Tuesday, and left fielder Matt Tuiasosopo (0-for-3 with a run) hit in Cabrera's usual No. 3 spot in the lineup.
Leyland said he does not know if Cabrera could play Wednesday or in Thursday's series finale, but he said, "I can assure you" he will not play in both.
Cabrera entered the day leading the Majors with a .358 batting average, and was in the top two in the American League's three Triple Crown categories (second in home runs with 31, and second in RBIs with 96).
The reigning American League MVP left in the bottom of the fifth inning of Monday's game after scoring gingerly from second base on a Victor Martinez RBI single. He had a conversation with head athletic trainer Kevin Rand in the dugout before taking his position in the field, where he looked uncomfortable for two batters -- Adam Dunn singled past him in the first at-bat of the inning -- before leaving.
"It felt weird," Cabrera said Monday. "It felt real weird. That base hit that Victor had, I tried to pick it up a little bit from second to home. That's why I had to go out."
The issue has been nagging Cabrera for some time, and evidently has not had much time to heal. But he has a history of durability. He's played at least 150 games in each season he's been in the Majors since his rookie year in 2003.
"He won't be out long," outfielder Torii Hunter said. "I definitely think if we need to rest him a little bit, a couple days, then we have to do that. We need him for the long run and if it takes a couple days to get him where he needs to be, then we'll do it."