More than three weeks after the Detroit Tigers placed first baseman Miguel Cabrera on the 10-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain, the 35-year-old is now inching towards a return with on-field activity.
According to Jason Beck of MLB.com, Cabrera completed a round of batting practice and was then able to do some light running in the outfield with trainers.
It’s a small step in the right direction for a player who experienced soreness in his back and hip while on the disabled list.
While Cabrera has yet to run the bases and it could take time for him to reach that step given the numerous lower-body injuries he is dealing with, this is a positive step towards a return to the field that Detroit badly needs.
Before his injury, the two-time MVP winner played well in 26 games with a .323/.407/.516 slash line and three home runs.
Given Detroit’s struggles this season, the future return of Cabrera to the lineup could help draw in more fans for a team that sits near the bottom of MLB’s standings.