Miguel Cabrera cleared to take grounders

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Some good news out of Tigers camp in Florida …

According to James Schmehl of MLive.com, slugger Miguel Cabrera was able to field grounders Saturday for the first time this spring. He hasn’t been cleared for lateral movement, so he just scooped balls hit directly at him. “Looked good,” was the quick review from Tigers manager Brad Ausmus.

Cabrera is being eased along slowly this spring after undergoing surgery last October to remove painful bone spurs from his right ankle and repair a stress fracture in his right foot. The hope is that he will be ready for the beginning of the 2015 regular season.

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”