Cabrera not in camp, undergoing evaluation

Miguel Cabrera was not in camp with the Tigers on the first day of full-squad workouts Saturday, and he isn’t expected to report until at least the middle of next week. The All-Star slugger will meet in South Florida with doctors, who will determine the next course of action for him.

Team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski made the announcement Saturday morning.

“We had conversations yesterday … between the Commissioner’s Office, the Players Association, myself and Miguel’s representative,” Dombrowski said, “and basically, we’ve all decided that it’s best he be continuing to visit and really find out what’s taken place, and be in a position where [doctors] can meet with him and completely assess what has taken place.

“Until that happens, we’ve all decided that it’s better for him to do that away from camp, even though he would love to be here and is capable of playing at this point. But he even acknowledges that he’ll do whatever he needs to do, and is willing to work with everybody for whatever needs to be done. There’s complete cooperation with all of the groups. We’re all on the same pages. The doctor that does the evaluation will be coordinated by the Commissioner’s Office and the Players Association, and he’ll make his recommendation on what needs to be done.”

Cabrera was arrested late Wednesday night in Fort Pierce, Fla., on charges of suspicion driving under the influence and resisting an officer without violence. After talking with Cabrera on Friday, Dombrowski determined that Cabrera was trying to drive to Lakeland that night when the radiator broke down.

“He realizes he’s had an alcohol problem in the past that he’s addressed, and has worked through, and he fell off of that program,” Dombrowski said. “He acknowledges that and will do what’s necessary to get him back on track.”

Dombrowski said he would not speculate on whether Cabrera might go into a treatment program.

3 Comments

Thanks for the update Jason.
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This sounds exactly like the right course of action to me. It isn’t for ex-ball players on espn and pundents to decide what happens!

Thanks for the update Jason.
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This sounds exactly like the right course of action to me. It isn’t for ex-ball players on espn and pundents to decide what happens!

A tough situation for the Tigers who made Cabrera the face of the franchise back in ’08 when they gave im 8 years $152 million. The kids now struggled with off the field issues twice and while his perforemance on the field hasn’t been negated, I feel that this is a bigger issue than baseball. There is something bothering the guy and whether it was being sprung into the limelight to early in Florida or personal dilemmas. It will be intresting how he handles and how the Tigers present themselves and the franchise.

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