For at least a month, a lot of us have been waiting to watch Miguel Cabrera play third base and do something like get his watch caught on the pitcher's mound when charging a bunt. It was going to be hilarious! But last week Cabrera took a grounder off the face that was so brutal, so painful-looking, that it was impossible to make fun of him. It was just a nasty injury.
But it won't cause Cabrera to miss any of the regular season:
Leyland: Miguel Cabrera will start Friday, play the rest of the spring games. #Tigers— Jason Beck (@beckjason) March 29, 2012
The Cabrera experiment will continue, even if the idea of putting him back at third base is still a little silly in a season where the Tigers' regular DH is out for the year. According to Baseball Reference, the worst defensive season in history according to Fielding Runs was Ryan Braun in 2007. This is going to make the HR chase of 1998 look like professional-lacrosse record chase.