Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera returned to the field in Lakeland, Florida, after suffering from an injury last week. Physicians placed him on rest for one week after he suffered a non displaced fracture of his right orbital bone. According to club staff members, he rejoined his teammates and resumed normal activity on Monday.
“I feel good and look forward to some batting now,” Cabrera told NBC Sports before returning to the weight room. “In two or three days, hopefully, (manager Jim Leyland) will put me in the lineup. Then I will follow through on my work and be good for Opening Day.”
The Tigers will open their regular season on April 5 at home against the Boston Red Sox.
Last season, Cabrera hit a major league .344 average with 30 home runs and 105 RBIs for the AL Central champions.
The injury occurred when Cabrera took a hard-hit grounder from Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Hunter Pence during an Opening Day spring training game. He left the game bleeding profusely, his jersey covered in blood. Some speculate that his sunglasses caused the cut under his eye.
Cabrera, 28, said he has looked at the replay of the Pence ball quite often since the injury. “It taught me about my positioning,” he said.