Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez could play Sunday
The news every Detroit Tigers fan has been waiting for is seemingly imminent.
Per MLB.com beat writer Jason Beck’s Tweet, both Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez could be seeing action in tomorrow’s split squad games.
The Tigers play the Washington Nationals in Lakeland tomorrow at 1 PM and face the Atlanta Braves at Walt Disney World at the same time. This would be a great way for both players to get action at the same time and stay out of the field by serving as the DH in each game.
This news is in line with the statement the team made about a week ago stating that the pair of sluggers, recovering from offseason surgery, could see action within seven days.
Taking into account Sunday’s two games and Monday’s off-day, there are 14 games left in the Exhibition schedule, which would provide a good way for Cabrera and Martinez to come along slowly, much like the rest of the players did early in camp–receiving one or two at bats and working their way up to multiple innings.
Of course it is not ideal since the Tigers would like to keep the players out of the field for as long as possible but can only use one DH. It is unsure when the team would feel comfortable rotating the pair between first base and DH.
Per an Anthony Fenech tweet, Detroit Free Press beat writer, all this could be conditional on how the duo runs the bases today. Beck also noted the team could tinker with another option tomorrow:
While nothing is a guarantee at this point, it is a rather hopeful sign that one or both Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez will be in the lineup on Opening Day, April 6 at Comerica Park against the Minnesota Twins. Keep crossing those fingers, Tigers’ fans because as we’ve seen often this spring, the lineup without them looks rather pedestrian.