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After making his Grapefruit League debut, Miguel Cabrera felt like he and Victor Martinez will be ready for Opening Day, while Tigers' manager Brad Ausmus was a little more conservative and said that the chances of Cabrera being ready for Opening Day were "better than 50 percent." (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Batting as the designated hitter in his Grapefruit League debut, Cabrera managed to get through the game without any difficulties. Expect another great year for the perennial MVP candidate. Zeile Consensus Projections predicts Cabrera will slash a healthy .314/.387/.549 while hitting 30 HR and 109 RBI. With his consistent numbers and eligibility at both 1B and 3B, look for Cabrera to be a solid draft selection in the middle of the first round.

Dave Dombrowski, Tigers GM, said on Martinez, "I would be surprised if he is not ready for Opening Day. I think he'll be ready." Both Martinez and Cabrera have been doing straight ahead sprints for awhile, and they began running bases last week, Beck reports. (Source: Jason Beck)

Fantasy Impact: Both players can be high-risk/high-reward. Their injuries will likely make fantasy owners think twice and their ADP may slide. They're 2 of the best hitters in the league so the time to get their swing back will be short.

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Miguel Cabrera took some grounders and BP Tuesday. It is slight progress, although it is doubtful Ausmus will rush the 2 time MVP and 9 time All-Star back to action. He is only 10 HRs away from the 400 HR milestone. (Source: Anthony Fenech)

Fantasy Impact: Miggy's ADP may drop to the second round. There may be a delay to his production, but there should be no slowing Miggy's bat. He's never been known for his speed so there should be little change to his value once he is 100% healthy.

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Miguel Cabrera (foot) has been cleared for non-contact baseball activities. (Source: Detroit Free Press)

Fantasy Impact: Although no strict timetable has been set for Cabrera's return, the Tigers are optimistic that he will be ready "around or close to" Opening Day. Cabrera has struggled through injuries in the past and might get off to a slow start. If this happens, see if you can buy low on the surefire stud. When healthy, Cabrera is an elite hitter.

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Cabrera, who had surgery in October to remove bone spurs on his right ankle and to repair a stress fracture on his right foot, will not be ready for Spring Training. (Source: Anthony Fenech)

Fantasy Impact: Cabrera will have another checkup in mid-February, but it's too early to tell whether Cabrera will be ready for opening day. Cabrera projects to be a clear first-round draft pick but it is quite possible that he will start slow again this season due to the injuries and missing Spring Training. If Cabrera starts out the season slow again, he could be a good buy-low candidate, but it might be hard to pry him from his owner. FantasyPros' Zeile Consensus Projections has Cabrera hitting 0.313 with 32 HR and 107 RBI.

Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera underwent successful ankle surgery in late October to clean up some bone spurs in his right ankle. During the procedure, the medical staff found and repaired a stress fracture in the navicular bone of his right foot. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: The Detroit star has had a few health problems over the past couple of years but still has remained one of the most productive hitters in the game. Having what is considered a down year for him in 2014, Cabrera still hit for a .313 average while hitting 25 home runs, 109 RBI and a career-high 52 doubles. While his off-season will be heavily regimented in rest, he is expected to be back in time to get plenty of practice in Spring Training. When healthy there is not many bats better than Cabrera's in fantasy baseball and his dual eligibility at each of the corner positions only solidifies that fact.