DETROIT -- American League batting champion Miguel Cabrera has told Venezuelan journalist Ignacio Serrano that he'll skip the upcoming MLB All-Star series in Taiwan to rest his sore right shoulder.
An MLB spokesperson confirmed Friday evening that Cabrera has decided not to take part and will stay home to rest.
Cabrera spoke with Serrano for a story in Venezuelan newspaper El Nacional about his honor as this year's Luis Aparicio Award winner for the top Venezuelan player in the Majors. Cabrera was very humbled by the award, as well as the fact that he won it by a unanimous vote from Venezuelan and Spanish-speaking baseball writers, and he talked about being able to spend time at home with his family.
In the interview, Cabrera is quoted saying that his shoulder still hurts after he injured it in a home-plate collision with Rangers catcher Mike Napoli during Game 4 of the American League Championship Series last week. He was able to play through it because it didn't bother him when he swung a bat; it only hampered him when he threw.
The shoulder isn't a huge concern at the moment. If it continues to bother him, though, he'll have it checked out and undergo an MRI to make sure there's no serious damage. Cabrera said at the end of the ALCS that the injury was believed to be "all muscle" rather than anything structural. If there was any concern that the injury was structural, Cabrera would have likely undergone exams before heading home to South Florida.
Cabrera was on the preliminary roster for the Taiwan All-Star Series, set for Nov. 1-6, joining such stars as former Tiger Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano. Cabrera's participation depended on how far the Tigers advanced in the postseason, since the team was still alive in the ALCS when the roster was announced last Friday.