March 27th, 2012

Tuesday: Tigers at Astros

Jim Leyland said last Friday that he might look for a game this week to trot out something resembling his Opening Day lineup, most likely against a left-handed pitcher. The Astros have Wandy Rodriguez on the mound today, but with Miguel Cabrera and Delmon Young out, the Tigers don’t really have anything you’d project as a batting order for April 5.

Interestingly, though, Ryan Raburn gets what I think is his first outfield start of the spring. Brandon Inge starts at second, with Danny Worth at third.

“One thing I like about our team, it’s versatile,” Leyland said. “So I’m going to get Delmon off his feet once in a while. I’m going to get Prince off his feet once in a while, Cabrera off his feet, Jhonny Peralta I might DH one day, get him off his feet. That versatility on our team is one thing that I like. Raburn’s flexible, Donnie Kelly’s flexible.

“So if you’re asking me does this team you might see Ryan Raburn in left field this year, you will Ryan Raburn in left field in some scenario. I don’t know what the scenario will be — maybe during the course of a game making a switch and putting him in left. So we figured it was about time to give him a game or two out there.”

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Brennan Boesch, RF
  3. Jhonny Peralta, DH
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Ryan Raburn, LF
  6. Alex Avila, C
  7. Brandon Inge, 2B
  8. Ramon Santiago, SS
  9. Danny Worth, 3B

P: Andy Oliver

ASTROS

  1. J.B. Shuck, CF
  2. Jed Lowrie, SS
  3. Brian Bogusevic, RF
  4. Carlos Lee, 1B
  5. Chris Johnson, 3B
  6. Chris Snyder, DH
  7. Matt Downs, LF
  8. Jason Castro, C
  9. Jose Altuve, 2B

P: Wandy Rodriguez

Cabrera cleared for physical activity

Tigers All-Star Miguel Cabrera was cleared by doctors to resume physical activity Tuesday, eight days after an odd bounce on a ground ball cause a fracture below his right eye.

Cabrera was examined by a specialist in Lakeland, close to the Tigers’ Spring Training facility. Once he was cleared, he returned to Joker Marchant Stadium for conditioning drills Tuesday. He’ll resume baseball activities there on Wednesday, the team announced.

No timetable was given for his return to game action, but it’s expected Cabrera should be ready for game action later in the week.The clearance all but ensures Cabrera should be ready for Opening Day April 5 against the Red Sox, a timetable that seemed in question when the play happened.

Cabrera predicted on Monday that he would be ready for the season when talking with reporters.

“I don’t feel any pain, nothing,” Cabrera said. “The next day, I was feeling good. I was a little sore, and swelling, but I was like normal. I was [feeling] like I was going to be OK very soon.”

Cabrera had spent the past week resting at the place he’s staying, watching some television. The only baseball he watched was the replay of the incident, trying to figure out what he could’ve possibly done differently to prevent what happened.

“I [tried to] see if I did something wrong or if something helps me to get better or help me [make sure that] this doesn’t happen again,” he said. “But I don’t have anything [else] do to with the ball. I was in good position. I was right there. And at the last second, I see the ball in my eyes.”

 

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