The off-field stuff with Miguel Cabrera is obviously in the headlines, from the just-released investigative report to the news that he and the Tigers have agreed on a companion during the season to help him through his program. Meanwhile, on the field, Cabrera singled — an opposite-field line drive — and scored in Wednesday’s loss to the Phillies, but stands at 4-for-23 so far this spring. He has had some solidly-hit drives to right field that have been caught.
Before Wednesday’s game, manager Jim Leyland said Cabrera is still getting into baseball shape, and it’s going to take some time for him to get there.
“I think what I’ve seen in his at-bats is what I normally see,” Leyland said, “except he’s not ready. He’s still in the process of getting himself in baseball shape.”
When Leyland was asked when he’ll know Cabrera has gotten to that point, Leyland said, “I would say probably real late in the spring, he’ll be right on queue.”
Cabrera has gotten a pretty steady diet of at-bats since beginning game action last week. He is not on the travel roster for Thursday night’s game against the Marlins in Jupiter, but he is scheduled to make the trip there for a Friday afternoon game against the Cardinals.