Cabrera could get clean bill of health Tuesday

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News

Lakeland, Fla. – Tuesdays are becoming medical news days for the Tigers.

This past Tuesday came the good news that designated hitter Victor Martinez could be ready in time to start Opening Day. This Tuesday the Tigers are hoping for similar good news regarding Miguel Cabrera.

Cabrera, who had surgery to repair a stress fracture and remove bone spurs on his right foot and ankle Oct. 24, will have what the Tigers hope will be a final checkup with doctors. His timetable to return should come into better focus.

"Hopefully he will be released to go at that point," president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said recently.

Cabrera, who despite the painful foot and ankle was American League player of the month last September, has been without a protective boot since Jan. 15 and has been doing light cardio conditioning and full upper body weight training.

Dombrowski said he was optimistic that Cabrera would be ready, if not on Opening Day, then very soon after.

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