Cabrera appeared at first base Thursday in a Grapefruit League game, his first appearance there since 2019, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
Cabrera played three innings in the field, and manager A.J. Hinch said afterward that "Miggy's a good first baseman ... he was pretty active." The 37-year-old will now likely get a few days off but could return to the lineup this weekend, and he will likely continue to play at first base occasionally into the regular season, though it remains to be seen how frequently he'll be used defensively. Cabrera played in 57 games in 2020 and was the designated hitter for all of them.
Detroit manager A.J. Hinch said he is seriously considering playing Cabrera at first base one to two times per week this season, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.
Hinch said playing Cabrera at first gives him more roster flexibility, though he added that he doesn't want to "break" the veteran. Cabrera last appeared at first in 2019 and exclusively served as the designated hitter during the shortened 2020 season, but it appears he has a real chance at playing the field in 2021. The 37-year-old's fantasy value will of course depend on what he can do at the plate, though he could at least have some more positional eligibility to work with.
Cabrera has been doing defensive drills during the offseason and could play some at first base this season, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
Cabrera is unlikely to take on a regular role at first after the 37-year-old exclusively served as the designated hitter during the shortened 2020 season. The veteran made 26 appearances at first in 2019, his and the team's last full season. Renato Nunez and Jeimer Candelario will likely absorb most of the playing time at the position, but Cabrera wants to show that he's more than just a DH as his career winds down.
Cabrera is out of the lineup Sunday against the Royals, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
Cabrera receives the day off in what could be the final game of the season, but he'll be good to go should Monday's doubleheader against the Cardinals be deemed necessary. Christin Stewart will serve as the designated hitter while Jorge Bonifacio starts in left field Sunday.
Cabrera went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in Thursday's 8-7 loss to the Royals.
Cabrera has been raking lately with four home runs in his last four games. The veteran is now up to 10 long balls for the season, and it's the 15th time in his 16-year career that he's reached double figures in home runs, with the lone exception being his injury-shortened 2018 campaign. Cabrera will look to tack on a few more homers to his tally over the weekend in Kansas City.
Cabrera went 2-for-5 with a pair of three-run home runs in Wednesday's 7-6 loss to the Twins.
The 37-year-old turned back the clock in this one, supplying all of Detroit's offense on two majestic bombs to left field. This was Cabrera's second game this season with two home runs, and he now has nine total long balls for the year. Four of those home runs have come in the last eight games, so the veteran seems to be finishing his season with a flourish.
Cabrera went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 7-4 loss to Cleveland.
Cabrera went deep in the seventh inning with a runner on for his seventh home run of the season, and he upped his RBI total to 25. The 37-year-old has seen his production taper off in his 16th MLB season -- his .692 OPS would be a new career low -- but he's still capable of popping for a good game here and there.
Cabrera (illness) is back in the lineup for Sunday's game against Cleveland.
The Tigers scratched Cabrera from Saturday's lineup with a non-COVID-related illness, but he appeared off the bench in that game and is feeling well enough to return to the starting nine against Carlos Carrasco and company. Cabrera is under contract for several more years, but he's an afterthought in fantasy at this point as he's not even hitting for the same kind of empty batting average he provided the prior two seasons (.232/.324/.356).
Cabrera was scratched from Saturday's lineup with an illness unrelated to COVID-19, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
With Cabrera out of the lineup, Harold Castro will serve as the designated hitter with Isaac Paredes taking over at third base. It's unclear whether the illness will impact Cabrera's availability going forward.
Cabrera went 2-for-2 with a solo home run and three walks during the Tigers' 6-0 victory over the Royals on Tuesday night.
Cabrera provided the final blow to starter Jakob Junis' night, taking him yard in the third. The 37-year-old has six home runs and 23 RBI thus far, hitting .246 through 167 at-bats.
Cabrera went 1-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored in a 4-3 loss to the White Sox on Friday.
Cabrera got on base twice and was able to rack up a rare stolen base on a sixth-inning wild pitch by Lucas Giolito. The 37-year-old is hitting .241/.322/.354 with five home runs and 22 RBI as the team's designated hitter this season.
Cabrera went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored Sunday in the Tigers' 10-8 win over the Twins.
With the two base knocks, Cabrera extended his hitting streak to a season-best 13 games. He's slashing .400/.436/.500 over that span, allowing his season-long OPS to climb from .588 to .710. The veteran will serve as the Tigers' designated hitter and will bat third in Monday's series finale in Minnesota.
Cabrera went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI, and two runs scored in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Twins.
Cabrera's fifth home run of the season was a big one, as he took Tyler Duffey deep in the fifth inning with a runner on to break a 2-2 tie, and the Tigers held on for the 4-2 win. The 37-year-old has a six-game hitting streak and has gone a combined 10-for-21 during that time, so his bat is definitely showing some signs of life after a slow start to the season.
Cabrera went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's 7-6 win over the Cubs.
The veteran is still batting just .219 this season but he's now riding a four-game hitting streak. In those contests, Cabrera has gone 7-for-14. He won't hit for the power he did earlier in his career, but the 37-year-old did hit .282 in 2019, so he's still capable of getting on base at a decent rate.
Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's 7-1 win over the Cubs.
It was Cabrera's first multi-hit effort since Aug. 16 and just his fourth of the season. He should keep hitting in the middle of Detroit's lineup and is a good enough pure hitter to post solid stat lines from time to time, but his days as a feared offensive force are behind him.
Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a walk and three RBI in Sunday's 8-5 loss to Cleveland.
Cabrera plated two with a single in the third inning, then brought home another run in the fifth with a single. The veteran has been struggling, as he's batting just .188 with a .655 OPS after Sunday's two-hit performance, but he should continue to get regular at-bats as the Tigers' designated hitter.
Cabrera went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, two runs and three RBI in Saturday's 11-5 win over the Pirates.
The Tigers erupted for a five-run first inning and four-run sixth inning off Derek Holland, with Cabrera doing most of his damage in those two frames. The veteran slugger has a .209/.300/.512 slash line with four home runs, six runs and seven RBI through 12 games.
Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a pair of solo home runs in Thursday's loss to Kansas City.
Cabrera entered the contest hitting a paltry .091 (2-for-22), but he turned back the clock with a vintage two-homer performance Thursday. His first long ball put Detroit on the board in the first inning, and his second wrapped up the scoring in eighth. The veteran has only four hits on the season, but three of those have left the yard.
Cabrera went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer in the Tigers' 6-4 win over the Reds on Saturday.
Michael Lorenzen left a changeup high in the strike zone on a 3-2 count and Cabrera put the ball in the left-field seats, just inside the foul pole. Cabrera was hitless Opening Day, though he did draw a walk. He's batting third as the everyday DH.
Cabrera has gotten into better shape this offseason with the goal of being able to play some first base when the regular season is able to start, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Cabrera reported to camp lighter than he's been the past few seasons, and manager Ron Gardenhire said he was impressed by the veteran's conditioning. Cabrera made 107 appearances as DH in 2019 and played at first in 26 games. The Tigers are unlikely to allow the 37-year-old to play the field extensively this season given his knee issues in recent years.
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