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.