Updated at 11:24 a.m. with details of injury
The morning after taking a bad-hop grounder to his cheek, Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera was not in the clubhouse and was not expected to play today.
Cabrera reportedly suffered a small fracture of the orbital floor, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney, and is expected to be out of the lineup a couple of weeks. General Manager David Dombrowski told Olney that sunglasses helped protect Cabrera's eye and that his vision is fine.
Cabrera stopped the hot grounder hit by Hunter Pence with his cheek, requiring eight stitches and precautionary tests, in the team’s 4-3 loss Monday to the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater, Fla.
“You know, first look he looked really like a prizefighter that wasn't doin' too good,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said in an in-game ESPN interview.
Cabrera is adjusting this spring to playing third, where he hasn’t appeared regularly since Leyland moved him to first base early in the 2008 season. He’s at third largely because of the presence of Prince Fielder.
“You're going to pick up the paper tomorrow and read that Cabrera can't play third base,” ESPN’s Terry Francona said. “But that ball hits every third baseman in the majors in the face.”