"It’s important to get the surgeries out of the way, especially as we look to next year," Antonetti said, per MLB.com. "Retrospectively, I don’t think we knew what he was trying to battle through and perform through. It’s easy to look back now and wonder if we could have done it differently, done the surgeries sooner. To his credit, he worked hard and tried to play through it for the team. Encouraging: He should come in to spring training ready to go and contribute the way we all know he’s capable of contributing."
Smoak has just one at-bat over his last seven days. He is hitting .202 with seven homers and 30 RBI over 248 at-bats. It remains to be seen if he'll return in time for the season finale against the Angels on Sunday.
Cabrera collected an RBI single in the fifth inning to put his team within three runs of the lead, but by the time he tacked on a solo home run in seventh, the Tigers were behind six runs with little hope of pulling out the win. The Royals are now one back of the Tigers for the division lead with two games left to play.
Cabrera has put an exclamation point on another fantastic season by homering in back-to-back games. He has hit .315/.373/.528 with 25 home runs and 109 RBI in 604 at-bats. Cabrera has been even better in September, hitting .396/.427/.750 with eight home runs and 18 RBI in 96 at-bats this month.
Singleton is mired in a slump, and hasn't picked up a hit since September 9. Singleton said the season has been "very hard, very difficult." He added, "when you fail it’s really hard to be positive, but you have to continue to motivate yourself and get up and go do it." Singleton is hitting .168/.287/.336 over 304 at-bats.
Morrison launched a three-run home run in the fourth off reliever Todd Redmond. Two innings later, her struck again -- this time a solo shot off reliever Aaron Loup to lead off the sixth inning. Morrison finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored and four RBI. He is hitting .256 with 11 homers and 37 RBI over 324 at-bats this season.
Mauer is dealing with an elbow issue. He's set to hit third and play first base during the game. Mauer is hitting .276/.362/.370 over 438 at-bats.
Napoli is dealing with toe, back and finger injuries. Napoli has not played since September 17. He's hitting .248/.370/.419 over 415 at-bats.
Moss admitted he's been dealing with a hip injury lately, and will likely have offseason surgery. Despite that, he's still going to play through the issue down the stretch. Moss is hitting .237/.336/.444 over 489 at-bats.
Pearce, who played in the field Wednesday and had one at-bat, had been out since Friday with a wrist ailment. He lost a seven-game hitting streak with his hitless plate appearance Wednesday.
Ortiz has played just once since Thursday. Napoli has been out since Sept. 17 and is hitless in his last 14 at-bats.