Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera has a small fracture under his right eye, according to a Tuesday morning tweet from ESPN's Buster Olney.
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
Shortly thereafter, the Detroit Free Press shed a little more light on the injury:
Cabrera has non-displaced fracture in orbital bone under right eye. Off for week and will be evaluated.— Freep Tigers (@freeptigers) March 20, 2012
According to a subsequent tweet from Olney, Cabrera's vision is fine.
The injury was sustained Monday in a spring training game in Florida against the Philadelphia Phillies. Phillies outfielder Hunter Pence smoked a grounder down third base. The ball hopped up on Cabrera, who moved from first to third during the offseason to accommodate first baseman Prince Fielder, who was acquired from the Brewers.
According to SB Nation's Rob Neyer, the injury will bring yet more attention to what the Tigers should do with their big bats when they're not batting:
But it won't take many injuries before Tigers management finds a less risky position for the American League's best hitter. Last time we checked, Designated Hitter was still available ...
Insult to injury: Detroit lost the game, 4-3.