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Miguel Cabrera to go on paternity leave list

Detroit Tigers v Tampa Bay Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - AUGUST 22: Designated hitter Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers smiles against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Tropicana Field on August 22, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

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Does a one-day absence really need an official transaction? Apparently, it does.

Miguel Cabrera will start at first base for the Tigers tonight, but he’ll miss Thursday’s game with his wife due to have labor induced, manager Jim Leyland said. Detroit will officially place him on the paternity leave list and call up a player to replace him. For one day. Until he returns in time to start Friday’s game.

The Tigers will probably just go ahead and use Victor Martinez at first base and Magglio Ordonez at DH tomorrow against the Rays, but some lucky minor leaguer will get a round-trip flight to St. Pete and a major league paycheck for a day thanks to the move.