Tigers’ Cabrera approaches first at-bats with excitement

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Miguel Cabrera made his Grapefruit League debut Sunday, going 1 for 3 with a single and two strikeouts.

Cabrera, who won the AL Triple Crown in 2013 and batted .313 with 25 homers and 109 RBI last season, had offseason surgery to remove a bone spur from his right ankle and repair a stress fracture in his right foot.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Cabrera would be a designated hitter Tuesday. He didn’t make any guarantees whether Cabrera would be ready for opening day, but said the odds were better than 50-50.

As for Cabrera, he was just happy to be back on the field.

“I was very excited today,” Cabrera said. I wasn’t excited after striking out my first time up. I was restless. It was like taking a long vacation.”