Buster Olney of ESPN first reported the news that Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera had a nondisplaced fracture under in the orbital bone under his right eye and a cut that required eight stitches to close. Estimates have Cabrera missing about two weeks of the spring season. If you grab your spring training pocket schedule -- or, more likely, the Tigers.com website -- you'll see that puts Cabrera on pace to play again right before Opening Day. The exhibition game against the Toledo Mud Hens might be a good estimate. However, the exact time table isn't known. Cabrera will be out for a week to allow swelling to go down, then he'll be re-examined. A better timetable can be known then.
Reports say that Cabrera is back in the Tigers' club house this morning after being absent earlier, and that he is joking around with his teammates.
Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski spoke to the media this morning.
One Dombrowski quote, reported on Twitter by the Free Press:
"His sunglasses helped him a lot. You could see the imprint of ball on glasses. He says he is not on any pain."
The Freep also caught up with Cabrera:
"Thank God it is not worse."
Note: Thanks to Alli for putting up the first version of this report.