It appears Jhonny Peralta also will be part of it after all.
Cabrera is expected back for the Tigers, and it looks like Peralta will be with the club at least for all of this three-game home set with the lowly Chicago White Sox.
Detroit (61-45) played without the reigning AL MVP in Wednesday's 11-1 win over Washington. Cabrera was out after re-aggravating a strained lower abdomen.
"I feel better," Cabrera said. "Hopefully, we can get this out of the way quick and try to be 100 percent Friday."
Athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Cabrera's injury is related to the hip issue that kept the slugger out of four games last week.
Manager Jim Leyland said the situation has been difficult for him as well as Cabrera.
"That's one of those tough things for the player because he wants to play so bad," Leyland said. "It's also one of the tough things for the manager because you don't know if you should give him another day, is he good to be put back in there? I don't really know that."
While Cabrera is no doubt Detroit's biggest threat, Peralta has turned in a solid season with a team-high 29 doubles and a .307 average. The shortstop, however, has been linked to the Biogenesis case and could draw a suspension from Major League Baseball.
It was originally believed suspensions would be handed down Friday, but now it appears news of any bans for Peralta or other players won't come until Monday.
"I don't feel nervous," Peralta said. "But yeah, I worry a little bit because I want to play every day here, and I love to be here in Detroit."
The Tigers protected themselves from the possibility of losing Peralta by acquiring Jose Iglesias from Boston in a three-team trade Tuesday night that also involved Chicago. Iglesias batted .330 in 63 games for the Red Sox this year.
"If it were a 15-day thing, like a typical injury, I think we could have comfortably dealt with it with the players we already have," general manager Dave Dombrowski said. "But when you start to talk about 50 days and a possible playoff run, we feel better going ahead with Jose."
The Tigers are seeking their first six-game win streak since last Aug. 1-7, and they've won nine of 10 overall.
Detroit's lead in the AL Central is two games over Cleveland, which added to Chicago's woes by sweeping a four-game set this week.
The White Sox (40-66) lost the first three games by allowing the Indians to score the go-ahead or winning runs in their final at-bats before Thursday's 6-1 defeat.
"They just outplayed us," manager Robin Ventura said. "Today is probably magnified because of what happened earlier in the series."
Chicago will try to avoid matching a season-high eight-game slide from May 27-June 4 by sending Hector Santiago (3-6, 3.33 ERA) to the mound. The White Sox have dropped Santiago's last six starts.
The left-hander's lone career start against Detroit was a 6-2 loss July 23 in which he allowed six runs - three earned - over six innings.
Tigers starter Doug Fister (9-5, 3.67) has posted a 1.35 ERA in winning his last three outings. The right-hander is 1-3 with a 3.89 ERA in seven starts against the White Sox, who are last in the AL at 3.7 runs per game.
Detroit has taken four of seven 2013 meetings.
|Alejandro De Aza||3||.000||0||0||0||0||0||.000||.000||.000|
|Chicago White Sox|
|July 30, 2013||Alex Rios||Day-to-Day||Left foot contusion|
|July 21, 2013||Gordon Beckham||Day-to-Day||Strained ligament, left wrist|
|July 03, 2013||Paul Konerko||15-Day DL||Strained lower back|
|July 03, 2013||Paul Konerko||15-Day DL||Strained lower back|
|July 02, 2013||Jesse Crain||Day-to-Day||Right shoulder tightness|
|June 30, 2013||Jesse Crain||15-Day DL||Sprained right shoulder|
|July 31, 2013||Miguel Cabrera||Day-to-Day||Strained lower abdomen|
|July 31, 2013||Luis Marte||15-Day DL||Recovery from right shoulder surgery|
|July 25, 2013||Torii Hunter||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore left Achilles|
|July 23, 2013||Miguel Cabrera||Day-to-Day||Strained left hip flexor|
|July 14, 2013||Justin Verlander||Day-to-Day||Left game - Right quadriceps tightness|
|July 07, 2013||Darin Downs||15-Day DL||Left rotator cuff tendinitis|
DETROIT (AP) -- Doug Fister and the Detroit Tigers aren't giving an inch in the AL Central.
Fister pitched eight impressive innings, Austin Jackson homered and Jose Iglesias drove in a run in his Detroit debut to lead the Tigers to a 2-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.
Detroit has won 10 of 11 - a run that's enabled the Tigers to stay atop the division despite a similar surge by second-place Cleveland.
"We can't control anything that other teams do, obviously," Fister said. "But we're coming in, playing hard and working together, and I think that's what's going to carry us anywhere we go this year."
The White Sox lost their eighth straight game.
Fister (10-5) allowed a run and seven hits, striking out two. Joaquin Benoit pitched a hitless ninth for his 11th save in 11 chances.
Iglesias, acquired from Boston this week in a three-team deal, started at third base in place of Miguel Cabrera , who experienced soreness after running and was scratched pregame.
Iglesias contributed right away with his new team.
"Baseball is the same," he said. "Great group - and fun to win today."
Hector Santiago (3-7) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings. He struck out seven and walked one.
"That was one of Hector's best games all year," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "He usually has an inning or two in the middle where he gets out of synch, walks a few guys and gives up some runs. That didn't happen today, and that's an important step forward for him."
Fister threw 88 pitches before being replaced by Benoit for the ninth. He won his fourth straight start - and he's allowed four earned runs in 28 innings over that span.
Fister didn't strike out many batters, instead retiring them on groundball after groundball. That was one factor in keeping his pitch count so low.
"Things were feeling pretty good tonight," Fister said. "I'm trying to be as consistent as possible from Day One, and things are falling our way right now."
The Indians lost Friday after eight straight wins, so Detroit now leads the division by three games.
The 23-year-old Iglesias was initially going to play second base Friday, but when Cabrera was pulled before the game, he moved over to third.
Iglesias could soon take over at shortstop for Jhonny Peralta , who faces a possible suspension amid the fallout from baseball's investigation into the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic. Peralta was in the lineup at shortstop Friday.
Prince Fielder led off the Detroit fourth with a double, and he went tumbling into third while advancing on Victor Martinez 's flyout. One out later, Iglesias dropped a flare into shallow right field for a single to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
"I was just thinking - put the ball in play," Iglesias said. "That's my goal - see a lot of pitches, put a good swing and get a good pitch to hit."
Jackson hit his seventh homer of the year in the fifth, a high drive that carried over the fence in left-center field.
Chicago ended Fister's shutout bid in the sixth with an RBI single by Alex Rios , but Fielder cut off Jackson's throw from center and ran Rios down between first and second for the third out.
The White Sox (40-67) are at least 27 games under .500 for the first time since finishing the 1976 season 64-97. Chicago put the tying run on first to lead off the seventh and eighth innings, but each time, Fister was able to induce a double play grounder.
In the ninth, Rios drew a two-out walk and stole second, but Adam Dunn grounded out to end it.
NOTES: The time of the game was 2 hours, 7 minutes. ... Both teams left men on first and third in the first. ... Detroit's Max Scherzer (15-1) takes the mound against Chicago's John Danks (2-8) on Saturday night.