Cabrera will be limited at start of Spring Training
The Tigers are hoping that Miguel Cabrera and his surgically repaired right ankle and foot will be healthy enough to put him in their lineup for Opening Day. As for Spring Training, though, he’s expected to be limited if not delayed.
It isn’t really a surprise, given the stress fracture that was repaired in Cabrera’s foot in October. With Spring Training now six weeks away for position players, however, it’s becoming official.
Cabrera is currently doing partial weight-bearing activities with help from a walking boot he has to wear, according to head athletic trainer Kevin Rand. He has been doing that since mid-December, as well as some upper-body weight work that doesn’t require much mobility.
Despues de un buen trabajo de pesas✌💪✊toca LA terapia ⚾⚾⚾⚾⚾⚾ coming the extrano jajajajaj http://t.co/up3bWrnxBG
— Miguel Cabrera (@MiguelCabrera) January 12, 2015
Cabrera is scheduled to wear the walking boot until a mid-February follow-up exam with Dr. Robert Anderson, the Charlotte-based specialist who performed the procedure to repair the stress fracture as well as remove a bone spur in his right ankle.
If the ankle and foot test well, Cabrera should be cleared for baseball activity, just in time for full-squad workouts to begin in Lakeland on Feb. 24. Even if he can work out on the field, however, he isn’t expected to be ready to join full workouts.
“Obviously he isn’t in a position [for full workouts] from a conditioning standpoint at that point,” Rand said.
The Tigers open Grapefruit League play a week after their first full-squad workout.
Just what that means for Cabrera’s Opening Day status remains to be seen. The Tigers begin the season April 6 against the Twins at what will likely be a chilly Comerica Park. Cabrera likely won’t need a full spring of at-bats to be ready — the five-week game schedule is more for pitchers than hitters — but he’ll need enough games to test his mobility in the field and on the basepaths.
“That’s too far out right now,” Rand said. “First of all, we have to get him cleared to do the activities.”