Miguel Cabrera says he'll be ready for opening day. WHEW.
Miguel Cabrera spoke to the press today about how he's been feeling since taking a scary one-hopper off his face last week. The good news is, Cabrera feels fine. Everybody together now: Sigh of Relief!
MLB.com's Jason Beck has the goods.
"I'll be ready. Don't worry," Cabrera said.
Cabrera said there's no pain and the vision is fine in his right eye. He did have eight stiches beneath it, and he suffered a non-displaced fracture of the orbital.
Cabrera told Beck (and others, one presumes) he's watched the replay several times and can find no mistakes in his fielding technique. It was just one of those baseball flukes that can happen.
Cabrera will be examined by a doctor tomorrow, and we'll know more of a firm timetable then.
However, I think it's safe to speculate, as Cabrera did, that he'll be ready in time for the Detroit Tigers' opening day, which is now little more than 10 days away.
Detroit will head north next week, face Triple-A Toledo in an exhibition, then host the Boston Red Sox on April 5. Just a few days to go and we've survived another offseason. I think that deserves a sigh of relief, too.