Miguel Cabrera hadn't regularly played third base for over four years before this spring. Miguel Cabrera took a hard-hit groundball off the face on Monday. Those two tidbits are probably related. And from Buster Olney, we have an update:
Miguel Cabrera has a small fracture under his right eye, but they have told him he'll be out only a couple of weeks. He had eight stitches.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) March 20, 2012
A couple of weeks puts the return date right around April 5, which is when the Detroit Tigers open their season against the Red Sox. There's a chance that Cabrera isn't going to miss any meaningful time at all.
The Tigers weren't expecting Brooks Robinson, but they were probably a little surprised that it only took a couple of weeks for Cabrera to take a ball off his face. The over/under on when Cabrera becomes the regular DH: May 15.