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Miguel Cabrera could play as soon as Monday

Feb 26, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

Detroit Tigers first baseman Cabrera stands in the dugout before the start of their MLB American League baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Detroit Reuters

Tigers manager Jim Leyland told Jason Beck of MLB.com earlier today that Miguel Cabrera won’t be in the lineup tomorrow against the Blue Jays, but could make his spring training debut Monday against the Yankees.

“Monday’s more of a possibility [than Sunday],” Leyland said, “but I’m not sure about Monday either.”

Cabrera didn’t make the trip for today’s exhibition opener against the Blue Jays, as he stayed back to work with hitting coach Lloyd McClendon. Leyland wants him to get his legs in shape before he appears in a game.

One interesting note passed along by Beck earlier this morning is that Cabrera reported to spring training weighing 270 pounds, 30 pounds more than he was listed in the team’s media guide last season. However, Cabrera’s personal trainer downplayed any concerns about his physical conditioning in light of his recent DWI, saying that his body fat is down and that number is right around or slightly under where he was before he reported to spring training last year.

  1. baseballisboring - Feb 26, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    Hopefully he’s in good shape and ready to contribute. It’d be a tragedy to see a career like this get thrown away. I don’t think that’ll happen, but he’s on a Hall of Fame track if he can keep it together for twelve more years.

  2. apbaguy - Feb 26, 2011 at 8:37 PM

    I read at the Worldwide Leader that he is 270 lbs, though he claims the added weight is muscle. We’ll need some photos for sure.

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  4. 8man - Feb 27, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    Tired of hearing the talking heads say he should be suspended or sit because of his DWI accusation. Why should that affect his job? Maybe he shouldn’t drive if convicted, but it has no bearing on him playing baseball or earning a living. He didn’t show up to work drunk.

    What’s funny is that I was sitting in a sports bar listening to a few people discuss it. Yes, they were drinking and talking about it as if they weren’t. Glass houses. Let the law of the jurisdiction in which he allegedly committed the crime decide his punishment. Idiots!

    Everyone wants to judge, but can’t look in the mirror. I’m not even a Tigers fan and it pissed me off.

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