Miguel Cabrera vows to play Friday

Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera left Thursday afternoon's game against the Oakland Athletics because of discomfort in his abdomen, the team announced.

Cabrera, who leads the majors in batting average and RBIs, suffered the injury while attempting to leg out a double in the fifth inning.

The Tigers updated Cabrera's status on their official Twitter account, announcing that the All-Star third baseman is considered day to day:

But Cabrera insisted he'll be back in the lineup Friday night when the AL Central-leading Tigers begin a series against the second-place Cleveland Indians.

"I'm OK," he said following Detroit's thrilling victory over Oakland. "I'll play [Friday] -- don't worry."

The reigning American League Triple Crown winner, Cabrera limped off the field after the inning-ending play, clearly favoring his left hip. The slugger talked briefly to the team's training staff and manager Jim Leyland as he limped into the dugout.

Cabrera has been hobbled this month with a strain in his groin, abdominal and hip area. He previously was playing with a banged-up left leg.

Cabrera was sidelined in late July with a strained lower abdomen, an injury that is related to his troublesome left hip.

Cabrera has a .359 batting average and 130 RBIs this season, and his 43 home runs trail only Baltimore's Chris Davis for the major league lead.

The Tigers trailed 6-1 when Cabrera left the game. But Torii Hunter's three-run walk-off homer in the ninth inning lifted Detroit to a 7-6 victory, snapping the Tigers' three-game losing streak.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.