MiguelCabrera2Miguel Cabrera was given the afternoon off on Sunday to help heal his injured ankle that forced him to exit Thursday’s game early and serve as the team’s designated hitter on Friday and Saturday. The hope was that pairing the break on Sunday with the scheduled off-day on Monday would allow him to return to full action this week.

It appears the strategy worked, as Cabrera will rejoin the team both in the lineup and in the field tonight.

Here’s the lineup for Tuesday’s 8:00 PM (ET) series opener versus the Kansas City Royals. (via Brian Britten, director of media relations for the Tigers).

1. Austin Jackson, CF

2. Andy Dirks, RF

3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B

4. Prince Fielder, 1B

5. Delmon Young, DH

6. Alex Avila, C

7. Jhonny Peralta, SS

8. Omar Infante, 2B

9. Quintin Berry, LF

SP – Justin Verlander

It’s a lineup that looks a lot better in the light of Delmon Young’s month-long surge at the plate (though I don’t believe it will continue), and it’s certainly better than what we were looking at in late May and early June when Jackson, Dirks, and Avila were banged up and Ryan Raburn was failing to produce.

Luis Mendoza will take the mound for the Royals. He’s compiled a 4.26 ERA this season, and has not faced the Tigers.

Matt  Snyder writes about Baseball, Football, and College Basketball. He can be found online as the creator and editor of Forever Faithful, the editor of The Tigers Den, a contributor to Call To The Pen, and a contributor to SideLion Report. He can be reached on Twitter @snyder_matthew.