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Miguel Cabrera expected to miss “a couple weeks” with fracture under right eye

Mar 20, 2012, 11:10 AM EDT

Detroit Tigers third baseman Cabrera walks off the field with a trainer after a ground ball hit by Philadelphia Phillies' Hunter Pence bounced into his face during a spring training baseball game in Clearwater Reuters

There’s no official word yet from the Tigers regarding Miguel Cabrera‘s health status, but Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that he’s been diagnosed with “a small fracture under his right eye” and is expected to miss “only a couple weeks.”

Cabrera also needed eight stitches after being hit near the eye by a Hunter Pence one-hopper yesterday, leaving the field with blood dripping down his face.

All things considered Cabrera may have actually gotten lucky to avoid a far more serious injury, as the ball hitting his sunglasses seemingly limited the damage.

Being out of action for two weeks won’t leave much time for Cabrera to get ready for Opening Day and may reduce the number of reps he gets at third base, but presumably he’ll be able to participate in at least some workouts during that time. Whether or not he has any business playing third base on a regular basis is another issue, of course.

UPDATE: Officially he’s been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in the orbital bone and will be evaluated further in one week after the swelling subsides, according to general manager Dave Dombrowski.

  1. phukyouk - Mar 20, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    This the same injury as AJ?

    • cur68 - Mar 20, 2012 at 10:38 PM

      I think AJ’s was displaced and needed surgery, but the same bone, I think.

  2. hushbrother - Mar 20, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Miguel should wear a Kobe-style hockey mask when he plays third base

    • philliesblow - Mar 20, 2012 at 12:11 PM

      Perfect opportunity for some Ilitch cross-marketing – have him wear a Red Wings goalie mask.

  3. drakej541 - Mar 20, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    I think Burnett’s injury was a complete fracture requiring surgery!! This was a small undisplaced fracture only requiring stitches to close up what i assume to be just a cut from his sun glasses!! The guy is pretty lucky!!!

    • cur68 - Mar 20, 2012 at 10:38 PM

      I think so too!!!

  4. sabatimus - Mar 20, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Hah, I diagnosed it correctly when I saw it live. Go me ;p

  5. sabatimus - Mar 20, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    I think the 3rd base position itself will certainly get a short-term improvement.

  6. scoregasmic - Mar 20, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Chill he’s been doing fine a third so far.

    • dnc6 - Mar 20, 2012 at 6:04 PM

      Not even close to fine. As this play showed it was a disaster waiting to happen. The Tigers and their fans are lucky that it wasn’t worse. It’s not just that he lacks quickness and agility, but look at the reaction time. He didn’t even get his glove up or move his head until the ball was on him.

      • flaviusflav - Mar 21, 2012 at 10:25 AM

        The announcers calling the game had the opinion that the same thing would have happened to any third baseman in the league, it was just a rocket with a bad hop, and Cabrera was in the right(wrong) place to stop it with his face.

        I think it’s a stretch to say it would happen to every third baseman, but it’s not as much of a statement about his ability to play 3rd as people are immediately going to conclude without having seen the play.

  7. tittsburghfeelers - Mar 20, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Anybody who’s been hit in the face with a grounder off a bad bounce knows that sh*t is no joke. Hurts like hell a couple of days after the fact. just the fact I saw no tears in Cabreras eyes means he’s a tough SOB. Way to take it like a man miguel!

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