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Cabrera (ankle) is running at 65 percent of his body weight with a slight incline on the AlterG anti-gravity treadmill, Chris Iott of MLive.com reports.
A recent CT scan showed steady improvement in Cabrera's ankle, and he was cleared to start hitting shortly thereafter. He's slowly ramping up his running program and is believed to be at least a week away from resuming field work. Cabrera said earlier this week that he would only need about 50-60 spring at-bats to prepare for the regular season.
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Cabrera (ankle) is at least a week away from being cleared to do field work, the Detroit News reports.
Cabrera admitted that the injury impacted his approach down the stretch last year, including swinging at more pitches outside of the strike zone because of the physical toll the loading process was taking on his foot as he prepared for each swing. Cabrera was noncommittal regarding his availability for Opening Day, but he suggested that 50-60 at-bats would likely be enough for him to get into regular season form. Cabrera reported to camp noticeably trimmer than he was at the end of last season, a likely byproduct of the conditioning and upper body work he was able to maintain during the offseason.
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Cabrera's (ankle) follow-up CT scan showed good advancement in the healing process, and he could be ready near Opening Day.Cabrera has been cleared to start non-impact baseball activities including hitting and throwing. He will also begin a running program until he has returned to full weight-bearing capabilities. Cabrera's status for Opening Day still seems up in the air at this point, but it appears he should be available at some point near the beginning of the season.
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Cabrera underwent a follow-up CT scan on his ankle on Tuesday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.The results have been sent to Charlotte for Dr. Robert Anderson to review Wednesday. Cabrera, who had two screws inserted into his foot to stabilize a stress fracture near his navicular bone in October, could be cleared for full participation if the CT scan shows ample healing, though the expectation is that the Tigers will limit him at least at bit at the start of full-squad workouts begin next week. GM Dave Dombrowski said last month that if Cabrera isn't ready for Opening Day, "it's going to be very, very close."
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Cabrera (ankle) will see doctors Tuesday, at which point the Tigers expect to know more about his timeframe, MLive.com's Chris Iott reports.Speaking in late January, Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said that Cabrera should be ready to play within the first few weeks of the season, if not by Opening Day. Another update will likely be available next week, after Cabrera visits with doctors.
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Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said Saturday that if Cabrera (ankle) isn't ready for Opening Day, "it's going to be very, very close," MLive.com reports.
Cabrera is slated to visit a doctor Feb. 15 for a checkup on his progress from October surgery, and while there's a chance he could be cleared for full participation at that time, the expectation is that Cabrera will be limited when full-squad workouts begin Feb. 24. The 31-year-old just recently shed his protective walking boot. Manager Brad Ausmus acknowledge that Alex Avila, who has played just one game at first base in the majors, could be an option at first if Cabrera is out to start the year.
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Cabrera (ankle) is no longer using a walking boot, and he will be re-examined in mid-February, MLive.com reports.
The Tigers hope Cabrera can begin conditioning activities in mid-to-late February, but it sounds like the team won't know much more until after the mid-February examination. Cabrera remains uncertain for the start of the season, despite progressing as expected in the wake of October surgery. While the possibility of missed time may hurt his value, Cabrera should eventually benefit from a clean bill of health, after fighting through bone spurs for most of last season.
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Cabrera (ankle) may not be ready for Opening Day, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. "[Cabrera] is as tough as you can possibly be," GM Dave Dombrowski said Friday. "It's worse than what we ever would have anticipated."
The 31-year-old didn't miss a start and hit .379/.409/.709 with eight homers and 18 RBI in September, which is hard to fathom in light of these new details. Two screws were inserted into Cabrera's right ankle Wednesday to help stabilize a stress fracture in the navicular bone, a far more serious procedure than a simple scope to remove bone spurs, which is all Cabrera was believed to be dealing with. While the situation is slightly troubling, it will be three months before the Tigers evaluate Cabrera, and his progress in the interim will ultimately determine his availability for spring training and the start of the regular season.
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Cabrera underwent right ankle surgery Wednesday afternoon to remove bone spurs and to repair a stress fracture in the navicular bone in the top of his foot. He will be evaluated again in three months.
The bone spurs were a known issue that seemed to hamper Cabrera throughout the second half of the season, but the issue with the navicular bone adds a degree of complexity to the procedure that Cabrera underwent this week. That he'll be evaluated in late January prior to the start of spring training suggests that there's a possibility he won't be 100 percent when the Tigers report to Florida in February, as he may be very limited in his workouts in the coming months. Nevertheless, the procedure should offer some much needed relief with the ankle, following a season in which Cabrera hit .313/.371/.524 with 25 homers, 109 RBI and 101 runs scored.
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Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday that a final decision on ankle surgery for Cabrera has not been made, Chris Iott of MLive.com reports.
Bone spurs in the ankle limited Cabrera's mobility throughout much of the second half of the season, but it sounds like both Cabrera and the team are still weighing their options. Even if a cleanup procedure is ultimately deemed necessary, it likely wouldn't endanger Cabera's availability for the start of next season. The 31-year-old finished the 2014 campaign with a .313/.371/.524 batting line, 25 homers, 109 RBI and 101 runs scored in 159 games.