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Tigers' Cabrera 'feeling better,' takes swings in BP

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News

Boston — Miguel Cabrera was walking around the clubhouse before the game Friday with batting gloves on.

He's getting antsy.

"Feeling better," he said. "Making progress. Hopefully it will be soon I can get on the field and try to do some baseball activities."

Friday was the first time Cabrera talked about the Grade 3 calf strain he sustained July 3 as he was running from first to second.

"When I went to second, it seemed like somebody shot me," he said. "I knew something was wrong. When they put me on the DL, I was not surprised because I knew it wasn't right."

Apparently Cabrera has been cleared for some light baseball activity. He took throws at first base before the game and took a couple of turns in batting practice. The Tigers are still holding to the six-to-eight week timetable for his return, which would mean he'd be back in the middle to late August.

Cabrera isn't following that timetable.

"I want to say my body will tell me," he said. "Hopefully I can make good progress. I don't want to say six weeks or eight weeks. I want to see how it feels every day and when I am ready to play I want to say, 'I'm ready to go.' That's my mind(set).

"These injuries can take a long time. Hopefully it can be soon."

Cabrera learned a valuable lesson about injuries. You can't will them gone. He tried to do that with his persistent ankle and foot injuries and wound up in surgery. He won't make that mistake again.

"You look at my ankle, it hasn't bothered me the whole season," he said. "I've got to be smart. I have to stay on the right track. I've got to be healthy. Because if I keep playing with problems, I am going to get hurt."

Cabrera is traveling with the team for this three-city trip. The Tigers want him there to continue to monitor his rehab and treatment. But more than that, Cabrera wants to be there.

"I wanted to be here," he said. "I want to play. I want to be on the field. If I stay home, it's hard to stay positive. This is my job. This is what I love. I want to be here.

"I want to play, man. I miss playing."

The Tigers are 7-9 since Cabrera went to the DL, but surprisingly, the offense has been scoring more than five runs a game in his absence.

"We're scoring runs, but it's like everything is going backwards," he said. "We've got to keep our heads up, go out and play baseball and try to make something happen. Forget about everything else. Just go out and play."

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The Tigers must go on without Miguel Cabrera, who is out until at least late August.
Tigers' Miguel Cabrera is traveling with the team on the three-city road trip so the team can monitor his rehabilition from a Grade III calf strain.