Cabrera not at camp after arrest

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LAKELAND, Fla. -- Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera did not report to training camp Saturday after he was arrested earlier in the week and charged with drunken driving.

Saturday was the first full-squad workout for the Tigers, whose president and general manager, Dave Dombrowski, said Cabrera was home and his arrival at camp was not known.

"I have spoken with Miguel and his representatives, the Commissioner's Office and the [Major League Baseball] Players Association. They'll be involved in gathering information and evaluating the process," a concerned Dombrowski said. "It's a situation where you're worried about the player...You just want to find out what's taken place."

Dombrowski also said Cabrera will meet with doctors to assess his situation.

Cabrera, 27, was arrested late Wednesday when a deputy pulled over to assist him with a smoking engine. According to the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, the deputy noticed the smell of alcohol on Cabrera, who had slurred speech and took a drink from a bottle of scotch.

The arrest report went on to say that Cabrera had refused to cooperate and was taken into custody. He posted bond and was released on Thursday.

It's not the first time Cabrera has run into trouble. On October 3, 2009, he got into a fight with his wife after drinking the night before the Tigers lost the American League Central Division title to the Twins. Three months later, he entered an alcohol abuse treatment center and had supposedly been sober prior to this incident.

"When you deal with issues with alcohol, it's a constant battle with that person for the rest of their life," Dombrowski added. "It's an issue that needs to be addressed and helped."

The eight-year veteran batted .328 with a career-high 38 home runs along with 126 RBI over 150 games last season. He is a career .313 batter with 247 home runs and 879 RBI over 1,190 games with Florida and Detroit.


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