Miguel Cabrera to miss the Mariners' series

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miguel cabrera headshot tigers.jpgMiguel Cabrera ain’t hurt, he’s just becoming a daddy for the second time and will be in Florida for the birth of his second child, Jason Beck reports. Couple of thoughts:

  • If you have to be without your best hitter for a couple of game, being without him for a series against the Mariners is probably the best case scenario;
  • For all of the obvious reasons I’m happy that Cabrera committed himself to fitness and sobriety after his unfortunate behavior last fall, the fact that he’s doing it as he’s becoming a father again is the best one I can imagine. Being a dad is hard enough. Doing it through a haze is damn nigh impossible; and
  • When I first saw this today I only saw “M. Cabrera to miss series due to birth of child,” thought it was Melky, and immediately thought “Great! It’s addition by subtraction by multiplication!”  Alas, the wrong Cabrera;

Anyway, early congrats on the new Cabrera.

Red Sox to activate Dustin Pedroia from disabled list on Friday

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Manager Alex Cora said that second baseman Dustin Pedroia will be activated from the disabled list on Friday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

Pedroia, 34, had cartilage restoration surgery on his left knee in late October. He played in only 105 games last season, batting .293/.369/.392 with seven home runs and 62 RBI in 463 plate appearances. His offensive stats were his worst since an abnormally-bad 2014 campaign.

The 34-15 Red Sox have baseball’s best record. Eduardo Nunez has mostly been handling second base in Pedroia’s place, hitting a disappointing .243/.261/.361 in 177 trips to the plate. He has also, by most metrics, played subpar defense at the position, so getting Pedroia back will be a boon.