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24 Miguel Cabrera 1B
Height/Weight: 6-4/240 | Birthdate: 4/18/1983 | Birthplace: Maracay, Aragua, Venezuela | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Detroit | College: No College | MLB Experience: 12 | Salary: $21,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 100/98
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Tigers' Miguel Cabrera not expected to miss much time with injury


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is not expected to miss much time with his ankle injury, according to the Detroit Free Press

Cabrera had ankle surgery to remove bone spurs shortly after the season, and has been recovering during the offseason. He was recently cleared to ditch his walking boot, and will be re-evaluated by team doctors on Feb. 15. General manager Dave Dombrowski told reporters Cabrera shouldn't miss much time due to the injury. "We're hopeful at that point he gets turned loose," Dombrowski said. "If he's not ready for Opening Day, it's going to be very, very close."

The 31-year-old Cabrera hit .313/.371/.524 over 611 at-bats last year. 


Tigers GM: Avila could see 1B time if Cabrera isn't ready for opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said Saturday that if Miguel Cabrera is unable to play when the season opens, the team will look to Alex Avila as a possible short-term replacement at first base, per MLB.com.

"If he's not ready by opening day, it's gonna be very, very close. We'll know more Feb. 15," Dombrowski said.

Cabrera underwent right ankle surgery to remove bone spurs and to repair a stress fracture in a bone at the top of his foot on Oct. 22. He was cleared to remove his walking boot earlier in January and is expected to be reexamined on Feb. 15, right before Detroit's first full-squad workouts.


Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera (ankle) ditches walking boot


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2015) Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera was cleared to remove his walking boot, per his social media account on Thursday.

Cabrera underwent right ankle surgery to remove bone spurs and to repair a stress fracture in a bone at the top of his foot on Oct. 22.. He had the boot removed by his surgeon, Dr. Robert Anderson, and will be wearing arched shoes for during "daily living" for the next month before his CT scan in February, team trainer Kevin Rand told MLive.com. His CT scan appointment will come a week before Detroit's first full-squad workouts.

"He's cleared to walk with that during activities of daily living here for the next month before he's reexamined in February," Rand said. "Hopefully at that time in February it'll come back clean and he'll be cleared to start conditioning activities, running and such."

Cabrera remains without a timetable to start a full conditioning program. His status for the season opener will likely depend on the results of his exam.


Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera likely won't be full go at start of camp


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2015) The Tigers aren't expecting first baseman Miguel Cabrera, who is recovering from ankle surgery, to be full go at the start of spring training, trainer Kevin Rand said Monday.

Cabrera is scheduled to wear a walking boot until a mid-February follow-up exam with Dr. Robert Anderson, who performed the surgery in October. If all goes well, Cabrera will be cleared for baseball activities. The Tigers begin full-squad workouts Feb. 24.

"Obviously, he isn’t a position from a conditioning standpoint at that point," Rand said, per MLB.com.

The Tigers still aren't certain about Cabrera's opening-day status. Detroit opens the season April 6 against the Twins.

"That’s too far out right now," Rand said. "First of all, we have to get him cleared to do the activities."

Cabrera is currently doing partial weight-bearing activities.


Tigers' Miguel Cabrera (ankle) to have CT scan in February


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/10/2015) Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is currently in a partial weight-bearing stage of his recovery from offseason ankle surgery. He'll need to pass a CT scan in February when he consults with Robert Anderson, a Charlotte, N.C., orthopedic surgeon in order to move into a full weight-bearing program, reports the Detroit News.

"His rehab has gone well," Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said on Friday. "He's in a partial weight-bearing stage, six weeks in a boot, which began just before Christmas. He'll get back and see Dr. Anderson next month and hope the CT scan will show that everything's well and that he can move into a full weight-bearing program."

It remains to be seen if Cabrera will be at 100 percent in time for opening day.


Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera ditches walking boot


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is no longer in a walking boot, per his social media account on Monday.

Cabrera underwent right ankle surgery to remove bone spurs and to repair a stress fracture in a bone at the top of his foot on Oct. 22.

The injuries caused a drop in Cabrera's power numbers in 2014, as he finished the year with a .313 batting average, 25 homers and 109 RBI over 611 at-bats. He is still on track to be re-evaluated once he's three months removed from the procedure. However, there's no update on when he'll be fully recovered this spring, per the Detroit News.


Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera goes under the knife


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/24/2014) Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera underwent right ankle surgery to remove bone spurs and to repair a stress fracture in a bone at the top of his foot on Wednesday, the team announced on Friday, per MLB.com. Cabrera, who was plagued by the injury throughout the season, batted .313 with 25 homers and 109 RBI over 611 at-bats. Cabrera is expected to be re-evaluated in three months.

Report: Miguel Cabrera might not need surgery on ankle


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2014) Tigers general manager and president Dave Dombrowski believes the large bone spur in the right ankle of slugger Miguel Cabrera might not require surgery, per MLB.com.

"Is it a possibility? I'd say it is a possibility," Dombrowski said. "I don't know if it's going to happen or not. Sure. There's a spur in there, and people that have looked at him so far tell me that it has to be removed. It's a relatively easy - for them - procedure. But I don't want to draw any conclusions yet, because he's not done with that whole process."

Cabrera performed better down the stretch despite an ankle ailment that plagued him throughout the year. He won American League Player of he Year honors in September by batting .379 with eight home runs and 18 RBI.


Tigers GM: Miguel Cabrera might undergo ankle surgery


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday first baseman Miguel Cabrera could undergo ankle surgery in the offseason, per MLB.com. Cabrera was bothered by bone spurs in his right ankle during the second half of the season.

"I'd say [surgery] is a possibility. I don't know if it's going to happen," Dombrowski said. "There's a spur in there, and people tell me if it has to be removed, it is for them a relatively simple procedure."


Miguel Cabrera slugs 25th home run Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera went 3 for 4 with a double, a home run and two RBI in his team's 11-4 loss to the Twins Friday.

Cabrera collected an RBI single in the fifth inning to put his team within three runs of the lead, but by the time he tacked on a solo home run in seventh, the Tigers were behind six runs with little hope of pulling out the win. The Royals are now one back of the Tigers for the division lead with two games left to play.

Cabrera has put an exclamation point on another fantastic season by homering in back-to-back games. He has hit .315/.373/.528 with 25 home runs and 109 RBI in 604 at-bats. Cabrera has been even better in September, hitting .396/.427/.750 with eight home runs and 18 RBI in 96 at-bats this month.


Miguel Cabrera dominant in September


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera has taken flight in September, hitting .463/.507/.836 with six home runs and 13 RBI in 67 at-bats.

Cabrera has collected multiple hits in nine of his 17 games this month, and he's a whopping 11 for 20 over his last five games, smacking four doubles and one home run during that stretch. With the excellent stretch, Cabrera has boosted his line to .318/.380/.527 with 23 home runs and 104 RBI in 575 at-bats.


Miguel Cabrera starts despite bone spur


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/8/2014) Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, who hobbled off the field in the seventh inning Sunday after aggravating his injured ankle, was back in the starting lineup Monday against the Royals, but at DH.

Cabrera has been dealing with a bone spur in his right ankle for several weeks, prompting speculation that he'll need surgery in the offseason. But manager Brad Ausmus said that's not necessarily the case.

"I don't know where that came from, because we don't know what is going to happen," he said. "The consensus is that there's one spur causing the aggravation."

Cabrera hasn't let the injury slow him at the plate. He's batting .500 (15 for 30) with five home runs in his last seven games.


Miguel Cabrera slugs two homers in losing effort


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera put together yet another productive effort Saturday, though it came in a 5-4 loss to the Giants.

Cabrera went 2 for 4 for his fifth multi-hit performance in the last six games, and both of his hits were big ones. He clubbed a pair of home runs in the game, and finished with three RBI and two runs scored in the loss.

Cabrera has four home runs in the first six games of September, besting his total from the previous two combined. He is hitting .309/.369/.513 with 21 home runs and 97 RBI in a down season.


Miguel Cabrera blasts two home runs in four-hit game Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera exploded offensively Monday, going 4 for 5 with two home runs and three RBI in his team's 12-1 win over the Indians.

Cabrera kicked off the scoring with a two-run home run in the first inning and tacked on a solo shot in the eighth. He hadn't homered since Aug. 2 before Monday, and it was his first multi-homer game of the season. Cabrera has hit .304/.367/.501 with 19 home runs and 94 RBI in 513 at-bats.


Miguel Cabrera returns to lineup as designated hitter


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera returned to the lineup as a designated hitter Monday afternoon at Cleveland, the Detroit News reports. Cabrera re-aggravated his ankle while trying to leg out a hit on Saturday. He is hitting .299/.363/.486 with 17 homers and 91 RBI over 508 at-bats.

Miguel Cabrera sits out due to sore ankle


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera was held out of the starting lineup Sunday against the White Sox due to a sore ankle. Don Kelly started in Cabrera's absence Sunday.

"(Head athletic trainer) Kevin Rand had talked to him to get an idea of how he feels," manager Brad Ausmus said, per MLB.com. "It was based on that discussion. It's day to day. We'll see (Monday)."


Tigers considering resting Miguel Cabrera for a stretch of games


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told reporters that he is considering sitting first baseman Miguel Cabrera for a stretch of game to rest his sore ankle, MLB.com reports.

"I've talked to him about that," Ausmus said. "We talked about that in Detroit a couple days ago, so it's a possibility. But this thing comes and goes. Prior to today, the last couple days, he said it felt really good. And then today it flared up again. Although we discussed it, I don't know if four or five days would do anything, because sometimes he comes in from sleeping overnight and feels good."

Cabrera re-aggravated his ankle while trying to leg out a hit in the fourth inning of Game 2 of a doubleheader against the White Sox. His status remains uncertain for Sunday because the team wants to see how he feels in the morning.

Miguel Cabrera exits game after trying to leg out a hit


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera left Saturday's game against the White Sox early after apparently re-aggravating an ankle injury.

Cabrera suffered an injury while trying to leg out a hit in the fourth inning of Game 2 of a doubleheader and was replaced by Nick Castellanos. Cabrera finished 0 for 3 with an RBI groundout. He is hitting .299/.363/.486 with 17 homers and 91 RBI over 508 at-bats.

Miguel Cabrera returns to the field


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Yankees, after getting a few days off to rest a sore ankle.

Cabrera is batting third and starting at first base, the first time he has been in the field since Friday. He got two days off entirely as he was not in the lineup Sunday, ahead of Monday's off-day.


Tigers expect Miguel Cabrera to return Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told reporters that he would be "shocked" if first baseman Miguel Cabrera doesn't return to the starting lineup Tuesday against the Yankees, according to MLive.com.

Cabrera sat out Sunday's series finale against the Twins to rest his ankle. He is hitting .304 (7 for 23) with no homers and three RBI over his last seven days. He owns a .308/.375/.501 slash line with 17 homers and 89 RBI over 483 at-bats this season.

Miguel Cabrera gets Sunday off to rest ankle


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is not in Sunday's starting lineup in order to rest his sore ankle, MLB.com reports.

Cabrera could be used as a pinch-hitter Sunday, but if he isn't called upon, he'll get two fulls days of rest before presumingly returning to action Tuesday.


Miguel Cabrera serving as DH with ankle issue


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera was serving as the designated hitter for Thursday's game against the Rays after aggravating an ankle injury Wednesday, manager Brad Ausmus told reporters.

Cabrera has served as the DH in 13 of his 123 games this season. Ausmus does not think this injury is much of a concern moving forward. 


Does Avisail Garcia have value this season?


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014)
Can Avisail Garcia live up to the hype? (USATSI)
Can Avisail Garcia live up to the hype? (USATSI)

White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia is back. After suffering a brutal shoulder injury April 9, there was a good chance Garcia would miss the rest of the season. That's no longer the case. Garcia worked his way back, and has dominated during a rehab assignment, hitting .340 over 13 games. Garcia entered the year as a late-round, high-upside player, so his activation should intrigue Fantasy owners. Will Garcia produce enough to help teams down the stretch?

The answer partially depends on how you evaluated Garcia entering the season. Scouts have been mixed. Garcia hasn't shown the best command of the strike zone while coming up as a prospect, but has tremendous physical skills. He frequently drew comparisions to Miguel Cabrera due to his body type. The White Sox obviously think highly of Garcia. The club not only dealt for him last season, but plugged him into the middle of the order immediately. 

On a performance-basis, it's tough to know what to expect. Garcia performed admirably in 2013, and got off to a promising start in 2014. Unfortunately, his 2014 performance consists of 34 plate appearances. 

The White Sox aren't expecting a dropoff. In his first game off the disabled list, Garcia will hit behind Jose Abreu. That's a desirable job for nearly any hitter in the majors. He'll also hit behind Adam Eaton, who quietly has a .370 on-base percentage. That should give Garcia some nice RBI opportunities, at least when Abreu doesn't go deep. 

Even in a best case scenario, it's tough to recommend Garcia as anything more than a reserve in mixed leagues. Outfield is deep, and there are other players on the waiver wire with better numbers than Garcia. While there's upside with Garcia, no one knows how good he can be at this point in his career. Given the choice between picking up an unknown in Garcia or a guy like Christian Yelich, a safe owner would choose Yelich almost every time. 

Garcia's outlook hasn't really changed since the beginning of the season. If you liked him then, you should like him now. But given the depth in the outfield, it's tough to say owners should spring to pick him up on the waiver wire. In three outfielder leagues, he can stay out there. In anything deeper, he's definitely worth an add. 


Miguel Cabrera catching a breather Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) The Tigers have given slugger Miguel Cabrera a rare day off for the Thursday game against the host Yankees. Don Kelly is set to man first base.

Cabrera has been in a mini-slump with one hit in his last 10 at-bats. His .523 slugging percentage is more than 100 points down from a year ago.


Miguel Cabrera struggling - comparatively speaking


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Brilliant numbers are not necessarily typical numbers for Tigers stud first baseman Miguel Cabrera. He's batting .309 with 16 home runs, 81 RBI and .895 OPS. But he is scuffling in comparison to the stats he compiled before being slowed by abdominal issues in the second half of last season that required surgery.

Brad Ausmus recognizes that. "He's scuffling a little bit right now," he told the Detroit News. "I think he's been a little frustrated all year. Post-surgery - everything's not in sync. I think surgery is the root cause of it. It can take time. I think there are side effects from all of that."

Cabrera is hitless in his last nine at-bats and has just 16 home runs this season after slugging 44 in each of his last two years. His .531 slugging percentage is more than 100 points off what he compiled in 2013.