Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez could play in spring games next week

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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera and DH Victor Martinez both ran the bases on Saturday for the first time this spring, MLB.com’s Jason Beck reports. Cabrera had foot surgery in October while Martinez had knee surgery in February.

Manager Brad Ausmus wouldn’t rule out the two players making their Grapefruit League debuts during the upcoming week.

“I don’t know if they’ll play next week,” Ausmus said. “I guess it’s a possibility. Right now, they’re still doing the same thing [as] the last few days in terms of agilities, running, BP. They did run the bases a little bit today.”

Though Cabrera wasn’t as productive in 2014 as he had been in previous seasons, he still finished with a robust .313/.371/.524 slash line along with a league-leading 52 doubles, 25 home runs, and 109 RBI in 685 plate appearances. Martinez had the best season of his career, finishing second in AL MVP balloting with a .335/.409/.565 line, 32 home runs, and 103 RBI. His .409 OBP led the league. Needless to say, getting both players back with enough time to get ready for the regular season is important for the Tigers.

Trea Turner undergoes surgery on right index finger

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Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.

Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.

Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.