Miguel Cabrera was out of the Tigers lineup for Sunday's series finale against the White Sox after leaving Saturday's game with lower back tightness. However, the team has no plans to shut down Cabrera for the stretch run with the team out of contention.

It's a question that has popped up more than once over the past month as back issues that began for Cabrera during the World Baseball Classic have flared up every so often. However, Cabrera -- who played through a groin tear, a sprained ankle and a broken foot during the Tigers' run of division titles and postseason contention -- has shown no desire to sit, and the Tigers have shown no desire to sit him.

"Baseball players are paid to play baseball," Ausmus said Sunday morning. "If they are physically able to play, they play."

That has been especially true for Cabrera, who avoided the disabled list for close to a dozen years until a left calf strain in 2015 cost him six weeks. His only other DL stint was a 10-day stretch for a right groin strain early this season.

Cabrera had been optimistic that the seven-game suspension he served earlier this month for his involvement in a dustup with the Yankees would rest him up for the stretch run. He said earlier this week in Cleveland that the time off helped his back issues. He was 7-for-26 with two homers over his first six games since returning.