All of a sudden, Miguel Cabrera is 34 years old. You would never know it by his statistical production as 2016 was another tremendous year at the plate. He continues to be the best slugger in the game who rarely gets himself out. After playing just 119 games in 2015 due to ankle and calf injuries, Cabrera stayed relatively healthy last season. He also reversed several minor worrisome trends at the plate as his isolated power bounced back to career norms (to .247 from .196 in 2015) and he hit 38 home runs to end a three-year decline in homers. While he's entering his mid-30s, his injury track record is strong, having played fewer than 150 games just once in his career. He's so good at what he does he is almost boring at this point, but spending a first rounder on him is money in the bank.
Cabrera (back) will man first base and bat third in the order during Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. Cabrera was able to take batting practice Saturday, which was good enough for the Tigers to sign off on his return to the lineup after back tightness had troubled him since he suited up for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic. He's only expected to get two at-bats Sunday, as manager Brad Ausmus wants to keep Cabrera off his feet as much as possible.
Cabrera (back) is set to take batting practice Saturday and will start at first base Sunday if all goes well, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. Manager Brad Ausmus says the slugger has been steadily progressing and will get two at-bats Sunday if he ends up playing. Cabrera has been held out of action since experiencing tightness during the World Baseball Classic, though it appears he's nearly back to full strength and ready to continue Opening Day preparations. In just seven Grapefruit League games this spring, the All-Star has six hits in 18 at-bats.
Cabrera (back) said he won't play until Friday at the earliest, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. Cabrera apparently felt a pop in his back during the first WBC game and has been receiving daily treatment ever since, though he also noted that it's feeling better. Friday may seem slightly optimistic for his return, as the Tigers don't have any plans to rush their star back. Detroit isn't worried about his status at this point, but that may change if he doesn't return to action relatively soon.
Cabrera (back) is back with the Tigers but will be held out of the lineup at least until Friday, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. Cabrera was removed from Thursday's World Baseball Classic contest and then missed Venezuela's final game Saturday. His back tightness isn't believed to be a concern for the Tigers, but that could change if Cabrera doesn't get back in the spring training lineup this weekend.
Cabrera (back) is expected to miss the rest of the World Baseball Classic, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY reports. With Venezuela sitting at 0-2 in Pool F, they are already all but eliminated from the tournament, as they would need an almost impossible combination of results and run scoring in order to win a tiebreaker and advance to the semifinals. As such, Cabrera will take it easy with the back injury, which is still expected to be minor, just to ensure that he will be ready for Opening Day with the Tigers.