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.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.