Melky returns for series opener after HBP

Melky returns for series opener after HBP

TORONTO -- After exiting Thursday's series finale against the Orioles in the third inning, Melky Cabrera was back in left field on Friday as the Blue Jays opened a three-game series against the Tigers. Cabrera went 1-for-5 with an RBI and two strikeouts.

Cabrera took a 91-mph fastball from O's right-hander Miguel Gonzalez off of the elbow in the first inning. He remained in the game until he was replaced by pinch hitter Nolan Reimold in the third. X-rays on the elbow were negative and Cabrera was considered day to day.

"So far, so good," said manager John Gibbons. "He gets some treatment and it loosens that up pretty good. He's a tough dude."

That Cabrera is OK comes as a relief to the Blue Jays, who are already dealing with injuries to several key players. After playing three innings in his return from a broken finger, Brett Lawrie went back on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique on Thursday. Adam Lind (fractured right foot) and Edwin Encarnacion (strained right quadriceps) have both been on the DL since early July.

Entering Friday, Cabrera had hit safely in 17 of his previous 21 games, and gone 13-for-36 with two homers and six RBIs in his last 10.

Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.