March 20th, 2012
Miguel Cabrera has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the orbital floor in his right eye, Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski told reporters Tuesday morning at Joker Marchant Stadium. He has been ordered off all activity for a week and will be re-evaluated from there.
At this point, Cabrera is hopeful that he’ll be ready for Opening Day, and Dombrowski indicated they aren’t looking at this as a disabled list situation. It’s a much better scenario than what was feared when Cabrera took Hunter Pence’s high-hopper off his sunglasses in the first inning of Monday’s game against the Phillies.
“I don’t think there’s any question that his sunglasses helped him a great deal yesterday,” Dombrowski said. “Who knows what would’ve happened yesterday if he didn’t have the sunglasses on, because you could see the imprint of the baseball on his sunglasses, the seams on there.”
Cabrera, wearing sunglasses, said Tuesday morning that he isn’t in any pain. He said it was the first game he had played the infield with the sunglasses, which he received from Oakley a few days earlier and donned at the recommendation of teammate Ramon Santiago.
Cabrera underwent a battery of tests Monday at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater after the play, and again Tuesday morning at Watson Clinic in Lakeland. X-ray exams revealed the fracture. He received eight stitches to close up a gash below his right eye.
Cabrera said he plans on resting for the next few days while the swelling goes down in his eye.
Word from the Tigers is that they’ll have an update when they have more information to relay. One would expect that to be sometime this morning. The team just took the field for workouts, with no sign of Cabrera in the Tigers clubhouse. That doesn’t necessarily signify anything either way: He could be getting treatment or follow-up exams somewhere, or he could just be recuperating.
Cabrera, as expected, is not in the starting lineup. Danny Worth is starting at third base.
- Austin Jackson, CF
- Brennan Boesch, RF
- Andy Dirks, LF
- Prince Fielder, 1B
- Delmon Young, DH
- Alex Avila, C
- Jhonny Peralta, SS
- Ryan Raburn, 2B
- Danny Worth, 3B
P: Justin Verlander
Waiting for word from the Tigers on Miguel Cabrera’s condition this morning, but in other news, the team sent out four more position players. Jerad Head, Bryan Holaday, Eric Patterson and Matt Young were all assigned to minor league camp.
None of the four were expected to contend for a spot on the Opening Day roster, though Patterson made an early splash with his two-homer game March 9. His playing time had diminished in the days since. Patterson finished up his big-league camp going 6-for-18 with a double, a triple, the two homers and four RBIs.
Patterson, Head and Young are all expected to head to Triple-A Toledo and comprise a veteran presence in the Mud Hens lineup. Holaday presents an interesting situation, having spent the whole season at Double-A Erie last year. The Hens will likely have Omir Santos back, but they’ve been known to platoon catchers there.