Tigers win fifth straight on Cabrera’s homer; Manning late scratch

Detroit – Everything seemed normal.

Matt Manning completed his pregame warmup and bullpen session Wednesday night ahead of his scheduled start against the Royals. He walked back into the dugout surrounded by catcher Eric Haase and pitching coach Chris Fetter and slapped hands with the bullpen pitchers as they crossed paths.

Just like always.

Detroit Tigers' Eric Haase (13) and Miguel Cabrera react after they both scored on Cabrera's home run in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park in Detroit on Sept.  28, 2022.

Then, in a blink, right-handed reliever Will Vest was hurriedly warming up in the bullpen. Fetter ran out to home plate where manager AJ Hinch was exchanging lineup cards and ground rules with the umpires.

Nothing is ever normal for this baseball team. Not this year.

“Matty sat down on the bench and he reported that he had some fatigue, that he wasn’t feeling right,” Hinch said. “As soon as you use those terms we decided to scratch him. No way were we going to put him out there when he’s not feeling right.”

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Hinch said tests confirmed the fatigue and some tendonitis in Manning’s forearm area. His season is over.

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