Will Yoder
Tuesday March 27th, 2012

Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera has been medically cleared to return to the field, according to Michigan Live.

The 28-year-old will reportedly spend Tuesday conditioning and will return to baseball-related activities this week.

Cabrera was forced to miss a week of Spring Training action after being struck in the face by a batted ball against the Philadelphia Phillies. The blow forced Cabrera to leave the game and head directly to the hospital, where he was given eight stiches underneath his eye.

The reigning American League batting champion was playing third base at the time of the injury, a position he will be asked to play full-time for the Tigers who just recently signed All-Star first baseman Prince Fielder to a mega-contract. Cabrera, who came into the league as a third baseman, has not played at the position every day since 2007, and has not played there at all since 2008. At the plate last year, Cabrera hit .344/.448/.586 with 30 home runs and 105 RBI in 161 games played.

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