Miguel Cabrera 1B/DH DET 2 days ago

Cabrera (ankle) played eight innings at first base Monday, Anthony French of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Over the weekend, manager Brad Ausmus said he believes Cabrera will be ready for Opening Day, and it's certainly an encouraging sign to see him play nearly a full game in the field. Barring a setback, it appears Cabrera could be on track to be available to start the season, though confirmation likely won't come until later in the week.

Miguel Cabrera 1B/DH DET 4 days ago

Manager Brad Ausmus indicated Saturday that he would be a bit surprised if Cabrera (ankle) isn't ready for Opening Day, James Schmehl of MLive Media Group reports.

Cabrera returned to first base last Wednesday after a short stint serving as the designated hitter. He's still finishing his recovery from offseason ankle surgery, but he's progressed well enough to be considered probable for Opening Day at this point.

Miguel Cabrera 1B/DH DET 1 week ago

Cabrera (ankle) will play first base in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Marlins, Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reports.

Cabrera's spring debut at first base wasn't expected to come until Thursday, but with the 31-year-old noticing improvement in his condition over the last few days, the Tigers elected to move him up a day. There was already plenty of optimism regarding Cabrera's availability for Opening Day after he was already able to serve as the team's designated hitter for two games, and his return to the field Wednesday should only further aid his chances.

Miguel Cabrera 1B/DH DET 1 week ago

Cabrera (ankle) is expected to make his spring training debut at first base Thursday, James Schmehl of MLive Media Group reports.

Cabrera underwent surgery in October for bone spurs in his ankle, and on Sunday, he made his spring debut as the designated hitter against the Nationals. In Sunday's game, he was 1-for-3 with a single and two strikeouts. Last season, Cabrera batted .313 with 25 home runs and 109 RBI over 611 at-bats. Following Thursday's game, look for Cabrera to continue to play first base this spring as he attempts to be ready for Opening Day.

Miguel Cabrera 1B/DH DET 1 week ago

Manager Brad Ausmus indicated that Cabrera (ankle) will serve as the designated hitter for a few more games, but is "not that far off" from returning to first base, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Ausmus also indicated Cabrera has a "better than 50 percent chance of playing Opening Day. He and Victor Martinez both remain in the same boat, and it's possible that Cabrera would serve as the designated hitter if he's not healthy enough to play the field and Martinez is unavailable Opening Day. However, he should return to his role at first base early in the season if not the beginning.

Miguel Cabrera 1B/DH DET 2 weeks ago

Cabrera (ankle) could play in Sunday's spring game, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.

This would strictly be in a DH role, so even if Cabrera plays, he would still have some rehab to go before he's a viable first baseman in the field for Detroit. You're not likely to glean much from his batting line in the next few weeks, as spring training rehab numbers aren't going to give a full picture for how his season could go.

Miguel Cabrera 1B/DH DET 2 weeks ago

Cabrera (ankle) continued to field ground balls and participate in batting practice Tuesday, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Cabrera, coming off of an impressive season (hitting .313 with 25 home runs, and 109 RBI on 611 at-bats), underwent surgery for a stress fracture in the navicular bone in his right foot in late October. Fielding ground balls is a step forward, but it's not clear when to expect Cabrera back in the lineup. There is reason to be optimistic that he'll be ready for Opening Day.

Miguel Cabrera 1B/DH DET 3 weeks ago

Cabrera (ankle) will travel with the team to Jupiter, Fla. for Grapefruit League games on Sunday and Monday, MLB.com's Jason Beck reports.

Cabrera isn't being considered as a lineup option either of those days; instead, he'll just be joining the team to proceed with his workouts. Manager Brad Ausmus indicated Cabrera still has a few hurdles to surpass before he's cleared to run the bases, so it doesn't appear that his spring debut should be considered imminent.

Miguel Cabrera 1B/DH DET 3 weeks ago

Cabrera (ankle) took grounders at first base Sunday and incorporated lateral movement in his defensive work of the first time since surgery, MLive.com reports.

While many of the balls were hit right at Cabrera, that he's been cleared for more extensive work in the field is another step in the right direction as he continues his effort to be a part of the Tigers' Opening Day lineup.

Miguel Cabrera 1B/DH DET 4 weeks ago

Cabrera fielded ground balls Saturday but hasn't engaged in any lateral movement yet, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

Cabrera has been hitting for weeks and is now further into his recovery from stress fracture repair surgery four months ago. It seems his recovery is going smoothly, but it's hard to tell if that trajectory means he's heading for Opening Day readiness, or some time missed to start the season.