Tigers slugger Cabrera sidelined with groin strain

Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers on April 18, 2017 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida

Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, a four-time Major League Baseball batting champion and two-time Most Valuable Player, went onto the 10-day disabled list Saturday with a strained groin.

The 34-year-old Venezuelan, an 11-time All-Star, sustained the injury diving for a ground ball from Minnesota's Robbie Grossman, which became a two-run single in a six-run sixth inning as the Twins beat Detroit 6-3, leaving the Tigers 8-8 this year.

Alex Avila replaced Cabrera in the seventh inning and an MRI exam Saturday on Cabrera revealed the extent of the injury.

Cabrera, hitting .268 this season, had been batting .429 with three home runs and nine runs batted in over the past eight games.

The South American standout achieved the Triple Crown in 2012, leading the American League with a .330 batting average, 44 homers and 139 runs batted in. He became only the 17th player in major league history to lead all three categories in the same season, the first to manage the feat since 1967.

Cabrera won the 2003 World Series as a rookie with the Florida Marlins and led the Tigers into the 2012 World Series, where they were swept by the San Francisco Giants.