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Miguel Cabrera to be evaluated by doctors before reporting to spring training

Feb 19, 2011, 9:31 AM EDT

Miguel Cabrera

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski just spoke with the media in Lakeland, Florida and said that Miguel Cabrera will be evaluated by doctors before reporting to spring training.

Here’s Dombrowski, courtesy of Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports:

“He’s cooperative and realizes he has an alcohol problem and he fell off.”

Dombrowski doesn’t have a specific timetable for Cabrera’s return, but he told Tom Gage of the Detroit News that he hopes to have a better feel for when he’ll be in camp by the middle of next week.

Interestingly, Passan reports that similar to Josh Hamilton, Cabrera’s agency SFX had someone who traveled with him in support last year. We can only assume that he didn’t have that same level of support during the offseason.

Cabrera’s rehabilitation is the most important part of this story, but Ken Rosenthal of wrote this morning that Cabrera is unlikely to be suspended for this week’s DUI. Dombrowski echoed that opinion, telling Gage that he would be “surprised” if MLB levies any penalty or suspension.

  1. henryd3rd - Feb 19, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Leyland had better be consulted first; because he said that Miguel Cabrera’s issues will not be a distraction for the Tigers this year. Maybe he meant if he’s not there he will not be a distraction?

    • stuckonwords - Feb 20, 2011 at 1:33 AM

      I guess you wanted Jim to say, “Miguel’s going to be a huge distraction because of this, and our season is ruined. Don’t bother coming to the park, Tigers fans, ‘cuz we’re hosed now.”

      I guess dumb ole Jim was just showing us what a fool he is by telling fans that he believes the Tigers are a good, professional team, and they’ll handle this very well, like professionals, and they’ll have no intention of letting this get in their way. God, that Jim is just an idiot, huh?

      {rolls eyes}

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