Non-displaced fracture for Cabrera
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.