The Tigers dropped their Grapefruit League game Tuesday to the Astros 14-to-7 but the day was still a winner for Detroit because the team learned that third baseman Miguel Cabrera has been cleared by doctors to resume physical activity.
The clearance came just eight days after a sharp, bad-hop grounder struck him just below the right eye. Cabrera suffered a non-displaced fracture and severe cut in the first inning of a game against the Phillies on March 19th. He needed eight stitches to close the wound.
Tiger manager Jim Leyland wouldn’t say exactly when Cabrera will be back in the lineup in Florida, but it’s expected to be in a couple of days.
Detroit’s season opener is a week from tomorrow at home against the Red Sox.