Dave Dombrowski on Miguel Cabrera: “We have an issue”

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Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski spoke with the media about the Miguel Cabrera situation just after 4 p.m. today.  The highlights:

  • Dombrowski has spoke with Cabrera today. Cabrera was “down, feels bad and was apologetic”;
  • Dombrowski said “We have an issue here that needs to be addressed and helped”;
  • Dombrowski expects Cabrera to join the club soon, but he’s not exactly sure when.  First position player workouts are Saturday;
  • Dombrowski was asked if he was disappointed in Cabrera, but he wouldn’t comment on that.

Cabrera won’t be disciplined by Major League Baseball over all of this because there isn’t a mechanism for baseball to do anything about criminal stuff that doesn’t involve the game.  The focus of all of this going forward, then, must necessarily be on Cabrera’s health and obvious alcohol problem.  If you’re Dave Dombrowski, you have to weight sending Cabrera to some sort of treatment program.  Or, you have to wonder whether it’s better to get him back into baseball activities — a routine and physical conditioning that makes drinking harder for him –paired up with in-camp counseling.

No easy answers, of course. And it’s certainly the case that the person who is best positioned to help Miguel Cabrera is … Miguel Cabrera.

Shohei Ohtani medically cleared to begin a throwing progression

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The Angels released a medical update on P/DH Shohei Ohtani Thursday evening. Ohtani was reevaluated by Dr. Steve Yoon at the Kerlan Jobe Institute. The right-hander’s sprained UCL showed improved healing and, as a result, he has been cleared to begin a throwing progression.

Ohtani, 24, was diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow after his June 6 start against the Royals and hasn’t pitched since, though he has been in the lineup as a hitter since July 3. It was initially believed he would undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery. Then the thought was that Ohtani wouldn’t pitch again for the rest of the season, but this update suggests a possibility he could return to the mound before the season is over.

In nine starts, Ohtani put together a 3.10 ERA with a 61/20 K/BB ratio in 49 1/3 innings. As a hitter, he batted .283/.365/.522 with seven home runs and 22 RBI in 157 plate appearances.