Cabrera: “I was a little scared with my eyes”
Miguel Cabrera’s first play at third base this season was a little acrobatic, a foul pop-up that sent him into a somersault when he reached back for the ball and slipped on the dirt. That wasn’t a scare so much as it was a laugh.
“I don’t know if it was ovation or if everyone was laughing,” Cabrera said after the game, “but it was fun.”
That was a laugh, it turned out. It was the next ball that was a scare for him.
Dustin Pedroia’s sixth-inning ground ball was a hard-hit ball that got past Cabrera. Instead of staying down for the ball, he pulled up too early, earning him an error. That reaction, he said later, was related to the ball that hit him around his right eye a couple weeks ago in Spring Training against the Phillies.
“I was a little scared with my eyes,” he said. “I came up and should’ve gone down.”
Cabrera escaped that play with a non-displaced fracture of the orbital floor below his eye, only because he was wearing sunglasses at third base that day. He realized immediately he was lucky. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t think about it, even though he was wearing sunglasses in the field Thursday.
“I talked to my teammates after,” he said, “and I’m going to be OK and play my game.”
Manager Jim Leyland reiterated his support for Cabrera.
“He’s fine,” Leyland said. “He’s going to be there [Saturday]. He’s going to be there all the time.”