Miguel Cabrera day-to-day with knee bruise after being hit by pitch

DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera left Detroit's game Sunday against Tampa Bay in the seventh inning after he was hit near the left knee by a pitch.

Cabrera was hit by Dana Eveland's pitch while leading off the bottom of the seventh. The Detroit slugger hobbled around for a while, and trainer Kevin Rand came out to check on him. Cabrera went to first to try to play, but he was removed for a pinch runner moments later.

The Tigers said he has a left knee bruise and is day-to-day.

Cabrera had three hits Sunday, including a home run. He was the second key Detroit player to exit because of an injury. Starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann left in the sixth because of a strained right groin.

"I don't expect Miggy's to be anything serious,'' Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said after Detroit was able to hold on without Cabrera and Zimmermann for a 9-4 victory over Tampa Bay. "He got hit right on a nerve that sent a little pain from his knee down his leg."