Miguel Cabrera’s status for Opening Day is in question as he makes his way back from surgery to remove bone spurs from his right ankle and repair a stress fracture in his foot, but the Tigers hope to have more clarity on his timetable soon.
According to Chris McCoskey of the Detroit News, Cabrera has what the Tigers are hoping is his final checkup with doctors next Tuesday. The veteran slugger shed his walking boot about a month ago and has progressed to light cardio conditioning and full upper body weight training, but he could get the green light to ramp up activities. We’ll know more early next week, but Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski is optimistic that Cabrera will be ready for Opening Day or at least close to it.
After winning back-to-back AL MVP Awards in 2012 and 2013, Cabrera took a bit of a step back last season by his usual lofty standards, batting .313/.371/.524 with 25 home runs and 109 RBI over 159 games. When you consider how noticeably hobbled he was, it’s pretty amazing that he was able to do what he did.