Morrison isn't likely to stick in the No. 2 spot beyond Sunday, as that spot in the lineup was only open because Kevin Kiermaier is getting his first day off of the season. Expect Morrison to return to the sixth spot in the order during Monday's series opener against the Orioles.
Vargas was hitting just .227 with two home runs at Rochester. It's not clear if he'll get regular at-bats or just be a short-term option off the bench.
Prior to being diagnosed with a Grade 1 or Grade 2 groin strain, Cabrera had been battling a back injury through the early stage of the season. However, despite Cabrera's rough start, the Tigers are optimistic that 10 days of rest will be enough for him to recover. Until Cabrera is ready to come off the DL, John Hicks should see the bulk of the time at first base.
After starting five of the last six games, Alonso will head to the bench Saturday, as the A's go with Ryon Healy at first base. Alonso registered two hits, including a solo homer, in Friday's win over Seattle, and he's now hitting .295 with 10 RBI on the young season.
This is yet another blow to a Tigers lineup that is already missing J.D. Martinez and Jose Iglesias. Cabrera was sent in for an MRI after leaving Friday's game with a right groin strain and it had already been announced that he'd miss the remainder of the Tigers' weekend series against the Twins. However, now it has been confirmed that Cabrera will be sidelined until at least early-May. John Hicks, who was recalled in a corresponding move Saturday, will likely see most of the time at first base while Cabrera is sidelined.
The veteran slugger was sent in for an MRI early Saturday, and though the results have yet to be released, manager Brad Ausmus did tell reporters that Cabrera would miss at least the next two games. John Hicks is up with the team and could fill in at first base, but an official roster move has not been made at this point. Cabrera's next chance to return will come Tuesday against the Mariners, but the results of Saturday's timeline should give a clearer picture on his timeline.
The Tigers are waiting on the results after he was initially diagnosed with a right groin strain after leaving Friday's game. John Hicks is with the team but has not been officially called up from Triple-A. Hicks would likely get the start at first base Saturday if Cabrera is unable to play.
The veteran infielder now has a pair of homers over his last three games, and he's been able to carry over to the regular season much of the improvement at the plate that he flashed in March. Alonso has already doubled the pair of multi-hit games that he generated last April, while also easily exceeding the one home run and six RBI he posted during the opening month of 2016. Factoring in Friday's production, the 30-year-old is slashing a solid .295/.380/.568 with three round trippers and 10 RBI, even as his strikeout rate has notably risen from 13.9 percent to 22.0 percent in the early going.
He is hitting .207/.258/.224 with a 4:4 K:BB over 58 at-bats this season. Miguel Sano draws the start at first base and will hit third.
Gurriel's offense started to pick up even before this recent three-game run. After starting the season 2-for-21 over his first six games played, the Cuban is hitting .500 (13-for-26) with five extra-base hits. Through an interpreter, Gurriel told Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle that he'd been swinging at some bad pitches but is now working in the zone.