Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera will test his injured left calf by running the bases and taking live batting practice on Tuesday, MLB.com’s Alejandro Zúñiga reports. Cabrera has been out since July 4 with a Grade 3 calf strain.
Manager Brad Ausmus doesn’t care much how Cabrera fares hitting; he’s more focused on the running.
“The important thing is that he comes through the baserunning portion,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Sunday morning. “He’s been hitting on the field, so I’m not really concerned about the live batting practice.
“It’s the baserunning that we need to get him past before the next step can be taken.”
If all goes well, Ausmus says Cabrera could rejoin the Tigers towards the end of their eight-game road trip which concludes on August 19, or for the beginning of a four-game homestand starting August 20 against the Rangers.
Cabrera hit the disabled list batting .350/.456/.578 with 15 home runs and 54 RBI. Despite a relative decline in power, the batting line is otherwise reminiscent of his 2013 line when he won the AL MVP Award in a second consecutive season.
Today the Angels introduced their newest big star, Anthony Rendon, who just signed a seven-year, $245 million contract to play in Orange County.
And it is Orange County, not Los Angeles, Rendon stressed at the press conference. When asked about the Dodgers, who had also been reported to be courting him, Rendon said he preferred the Angels because, “the Hollywood lifestyle . . . didn’t seem like it would be a fit for us as a family.”
What “the Hollywood Lifestyle” means in that context could mean a lot of things I suppose. It could be about the greater media scrutiny Dodgers players are under compared to Angels players. It could mean that he’d simply prefer to live in Newport Beach than, I dunno, wherever Dodgers players live. Pasadena? Pasadena is more convenient to Dodger Stadium than the beach. Who knows. They never did let Yasiel Puig get that helicopter he wanted, so traffic could’ve been a consideration.
But maybe it’s a subtle allusion to political/cultural stuff. Orange County has trended to the left in some recent elections but it is, historically speaking, a conservative stronghold in Southern California. And, based on something else he said in his press conference, Rendon seems to be pretty conscious of geographical/political matters:
A shoutout to the notion of Texas being Trump country and an askance glance at “the Hollywood Lifestyle” of Los Angeles all in the same press conference. That’s a lot of culture war ground covered in one press conference. So much so that I can’t decide if I should warn Rendon that both Texas and Orange County are trending leftward or if I should tell him to stick to sports.