LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Tigers don't want to make anything official about Miguel Cabrera's readiness until doctors re-examine him next Tuesday, but the news is sounding increasingly optimistic that he'll be ready for Opening Day on April 5.
"Let me put it this way: If we get medical clearance, he'll be in the lineup Opening Day," manager Jim Leyland said Saturday morning.
The reports so far suggest he should have no trouble being cleared. He has no problems with his vision, Leyland said, and the pictures from him have been encouraging.
Leyland is keeping his optimism cautious, saying he'll be satisfied when he sees Cabrera back in the third spot in the lineup. However, he said it shouldn't take long, possibly just a couple days, for Cabrera to get ready for games again once he's cleared. He hasn't been sidelined long enough to fall too far behind in fitness.