Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 3/20/12
It was a sight of sore eyes, not for them. Miguel Cabrera, who is slated to hit third and play third this year, took a hot-shot groundball to the face during yesterday's spring training loss to the Phillies. The grounder caused his right eye to bleed profusely, and it was reported later in the game that he was heading to the hospital for tests. The Tigers and their fans can breathe a bit easier today following an update on the star third baseman's condition this morning. Cabrera has eight stitches below his right eye, and X-rays have shown a small fracture below the same eye, according to Buster Olney's Twitter account. The ground ball, scorched off the bat of Hunter Pence, hopped once off the lip of the grass and careened into Cabrera's face, hitting him square in the sunglasses. Cabrera has since credited the sunglasses for dampening the blow, and GM Dave Dombrowski has echoed that sentiment. The X-rays have reportedly shown a "non-displaced fracture" in Cabrera's orbital bone, causing severe swelling around his right eye. The injury could have been much more worse without the glasses, however. According to Olney's Twitter account, Cabrera will miss the next two weeks, which sets his estimated recovery date for sometime around opening day. The Tigers play again today in Lakeland, Fla., with Justin Verlander taking the mound against the Atlanta Braves.
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