UPDATE: According to Chris Iott of MLive.com, Cabrera and Martinez will actually get some at-bats in minor league games today. They will lead off five straight innings to get their at-bats in, but they won’t run the bases.
10:59 a.m. ET: Great news here for the Tigers, as Chris Iott of MLive.com reports that there’s a chance that both Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez will be ready for game action on Sunday.
The final test for Cabrera and Martinez will be running the bases today, but they could be cleared assuming all goes well. The Tigers have split-squad games tomorrow, which would allow them to have both players serve as the designated hitter. They could also have them play in minor league games before advancing to Grapefruit League action. We should have some clarity on the plan later today.
Cabrera underwent surgery last October to remove bone spurs from his right ankle and repair a stress fracture in his foot. Meanwhile, Martinez is working his way back from February surgery to repair torn meniscus in his left knee. Opening Day is still within reach for both of them.