Cabrera hit in face by one-hopper
Just when Miguel Cabrera’s conversion to third base seemed to be going swimmingly, the reigning American League batting champion was injured by a one-hopper that hit him in the face and knocked him out of Monday’s Grapefruit League game against the Phillies.
Cabrera immediately left the game, a towel covering the bloodied right face of his face. He received stitches and was taken to a local hospital for precautionary x-rays.
Cabrera has been starting regularly this spring at third base, his new everyday position ever since the Tigers signed Prince Fielder and put him at first. Cabrera has handled most every play that has come his way, but Hunter Pence’s shot was hit hard enough that left him with virtually no time to react once the ball took a high hop.
Cabrera immediately recoiled once the ball bounced off his face, seemingly near his right eye. Head athletic trainer Kevin Rand immediately came running onto the field once play stopped as blood immediately began streaming from the wound.
No immediate medical report was available. The Tigers still have two and a half weeks before they open the season April 5 against the Red Sox at Comerica Park, which would leave Cabrera some time to recover if it’s just a bruise.