Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera said he was intrigued about participating in Monday’s Home Run Derby, and it was confirmed today that the Tigers first baseman is among the six participants.â†µ
However, Cabrera’s health is going to play a big factor on whether he actually participates. Cabrera has been suffering from a kidney infection and a fever (unrelated to infection), and said he won’t take part in the Derby if he doesn’t feel better than he does today. He will play in the game itself even if he doesn’t play in the derby however:â†µ
He explained why he’d skip the Home Run Derby if he didn’t think he was strong enough to participateâ†µ
"In the Home Run Derby, it’s going to be easy to get tired," Cabrera said. "You swing hard."
Joining Cabby on the AL side will be the Yankees’ Robinson Cano, the Red Sox’s David Oritiz and Toronto’s Vernon Wells. Only Corey Hart and Matt Holliday have been confirmed for the NL squad.