LAKELAND, Fla. Octavio Dotel said he apologized to Miguel Cabrera and his teammates as a group on Wednesday morning for published comments that Dotel believes were misinterpreted.
"You have to step up and say something," Dotel told by Eric Adelson of Yahoo! Sports. "Miggy's more about his game. I don't see him as a leader."
I asked Dotel if that was accurately quoted.
"I don't mean to say that," Dotel said. "That's not me. I don't like the way it comes out. This is not what I was meaning to say.
"I apologized to Miggy ... I talked to him man-to-man ... It's the way Miggy sees it that hurts me.
"You dont want to get your main guy pissed off big-time. This is not what I want. I apologized about that leader comment."
Does he see Cabrera as a leader?
"No question," Dotel said. "He's our horse. He wants to be in the lineup every day. I have respect for Miggy."
Is Cabrera OK with Dotel after the apology?
"Ask him," Cabrera said. "It's not my words. He can say what he wants to. ...