(WJBK) - One of the most popular players in the history of the Detroit Tigers has some harsh words for those who criticized him over his injuries.
"Nobody appreciates you when you play hurt, so I'm going to take my time and play when I'm good," he said Tuesday. "I played hurt a lot of years here in Detroit. They don't appreciate that. When you are doing bad, they crush you. They crush you. They say you're bad, you should go home, you don't deserve anything, you're old. I say, 'OK, I'm done playing hurt.' Now I take my time."
Cabrera left a game at Kansas City after straining his right hamstring while taking second base in the sixth inning at Kauffman Stadium. That was the same day he returned after missing three games with biceps spasms.
The 35-year-old Cabrera was hitting .326 with three homers and 21 RBIs coming into the game. He was retired in his first three at-bats before his base hit off reliever Scott Barlow.
But he says he's done playing hurt because he doesn't feel appreciated. But Ryan Ermanni found some fans who think otherwise.