Lakeland, Fla. – The AlterG is apparently working its magic with Miguel Cabrera.
Manager Brad Ausmus reported Thursday that Cabrera is now running 20 minutes on a slight incline at 65 percent body weight on the AlterG treadmill.
"Once he can do 80 percent of his body weight, we can start hitting ground balls right at him," Ausmus said. "I was also told that generally speaking, it will move pretty quickly from 65 percent to 80 percent body weight. It's not like it takes two weeks. It generally takes a couple days, maybe three days."
Cabrera, who is recovering from ankle surgery, could be cleared for full baseball activities once he's able to maintain 100 percent body weight.
He has been hitting in the cages and throwing every day. Ausmus said Cabrera has the option to hit on the fields against a batting practice pitcher, but thus far has preferred to stay in the cage.
The Tigers' morning routine Thursday was altered by a mandatory 90-minute MLB meeting on the topic of domestic violence. Victor Martinez, who is rehabbing his knee in Orlando, made the drive to Lakeland.
"Victor said he did his rehab at 5 a.m. before he came to the meeting," Ausmus said.
Martinez didn't stick around. It'll be at least another week before he joins the rests of the team.