Miguel Cabrera’s play, as they saw it

While we wait on x-ray results for Miguel Cabrera, here’s a sampling of reactions from the Tigers and one Phillies all-star that pretty much grasps how seriously concerned everyone was:

“It was swelling up pretty quick. Basically, it looked like a fighter that needed a cut man and wasn’t doing too good in the fight.” — Jim Leyland

“He could see [out of his right eye]. He was in shock. When I went up to him, I just wanted to see where the blood was [coming from], because he was bleeding bad. Once I saw [the cut], I was like, ‘You’re ok,’ because he was freaking out, too.” — Max Scherzer

“The first thing I wanted to make sure, when I saw him, was to make sure he could see. When I went up to him, he was cut underneath and above his eye. I’m hoping that he’s going to be ok, that it’s just cuts. Obviously you don’t want to have that, but there’s a lot of other things that can go wrong. I think we’re waiting to hear if there’s any bone fractures or not, around the area. You just pray that it’s just stitches.” — Scherzer

“Hopefully it is just a cut from his sunglasses, and hopefully the sunglasses helped protect him. Otherwise, he would’ve worn the actual ball in the eye instead of just having it hit the sunglass.” — Scherzer

“The hop, it was scary to see, because he had it. It hit the dirt and it went straight up. You don’t see hops like that on a big-league field. It was just a freak thing.” — Alex Avila

“Unfortunately, he had glasses on, because it gave him a gash. Fortunately, he had glasses on, because that can rip a socket out.” — Jimmy Rollins

“During batting practice today, the infield was real rough. I noticed when I was hitting grounders to the second basemen, they got two or three bad hops, just hitting grounders. I don’t know what it was, but the field was rough today.” — Leyland

“[Any other third baseman] would be in the same place Cabrera is right now: Getting stitches.” — Leyland


Unfortunately, he had glasses on, because it gave him a gash. Fortunately, he had glasses on, because that can rip a socket out.” Yogi Berra?

Best I could get for this game was standing room only, and that’s where I was when this play happened, standing out on the RF concourse. Didn’t see it happen, and at first thought Scherzer was the one injured. Hope this will be a relatively minor injury.
It was not a day to see a game, but I did talk to a large number of Tigers fans. Glad to get back to Lakeland tomorrow.

Ryan Fields of FSD reports that the x rays were negative, and he just needed stitches. Probably some nasty swelling for a couple of days and a pretty bad shiner.

Patrick: I hope you are right. I have one of those bad feelings that it might be worst. Let’s hope no concussion symptoms and no damage to any bones around the eye. I’m sure we will find out soon.

Although concussions usually are caused by a blow to the head, they can also occur when the head and upper body are violently shaken. These injuries can cause a loss of consciousness, but most concussions do not. Because of this, some people have concussions and don’t realize it. `

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