March 20, 2012
MLB Notes: Baseball left imprint on Cabrera's specs
By QMI Agency
When Miguel Cabrera started wearing sunglasses in the field a few days ago, little did he know they would turn out to be safety glasses.
The Detroit Tigers announced Tuesday that Cabrera has a non-displaced fracture under his right eye and an eight-stitch cut, having taken a sharp grounder in the face in a game Monday.
The third baseman said the injury would have been worse had he not been wearing the shades.
"Thank God I had the glasses on," Cabrera told the Detroit Free Press. "The glasses helped me a lot."
He said he hoped to be ready for the season opener April 5.
Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said there was no question the sunglasses helped.
"Who knows what would've happened (Monday) if he didn't have the sunglasses on, because you could see the imprint of the baseball on his sunglasses, the seams on there," Dombrowski said.
Cabrera, who has shifted to third base from first to make room for newcomer Prince Fielder, will be shut down for a week and then re-evaluated.
BERKMAN BLASTS SELIG
The St. Louis Cardinals' Lance Berkman accused commissioner Bud Selig of extortion Tuesday in connection with the Houston Astros' move next year to the American League.
Berkman, who spent 12 seasons with the Astros, said he hates the fact the team is changing leagues under MLB realignment.
"I feel like, basically, the commissioner extorted (owner) Jim Crane into moving the Astros (as a condition of the sale of the team last November)," Berkman told ESPN.com and CBSSports.com.
"If (Selig) called me, I would tell him."
Berkman said he would use the word "extortion" in talking with Selig.
"Yeah, because I think that's exactly what it was: 'We're going to hold the sale of the team up until you guys agree to switch,' " Berkman said. "And it just so happens that the Astros were being sold right at the optimal time for that to happen."
HOLLAND IN FOR LONG HAUL
Pitcher Derek Holland has agreed to a five-year contract worth a reported $28.5 million with the Texas Rangers.
The deal includes club options for 2017 and 2018.
The 25-year-old left-hander was 16-5 with a 3.95 earned-run average in 32 starts last season. He won 12 of his final 13 decisions, then added two playoff victories as the Rangers won the AL pennant.
Holland has 27-22 record over three seasons with a 4.73 ERA in 79 games, including 63 starts.
A-ROD DEMANDS REFUND
Alex Rodriguez is irked after being told he can't get a refund after spending thousands of dollars on clothes for his niece and his girlfriend.
The New York Yankees third baseman treated niece Michelle Silva, 20, and girlfriend Torrie Wilson to a shopping spree last month at a posh New York boutique. The women rang up a charge of $17,604 -- most of it attributed to Silva's purchases -- on A-Rod's credit card, the New York Post reported.
But Silva's mom, concerned that her daughter was being spoiled, demanded the clothes be returned.
Rodriguez's people were told the boutique doesn't issue refunds, only store credit.
Silva e-mailed the store's management, saying her uncle would have to take "further measures" if there was no refund.
Rodriguez is now disputing the charges, management learned on the weekend.
"We're completely not in the wrong," a store rep told the Post.
A representative for A-Rod declined comment.
The Houston Astros have traded backup catcher Humberto Quintero and outfielder Jason Bourgeois to the Kansas City Royals for minor-league pitcher Kevin Chapman and a player to be named ... Pitcher Grant Balfour will begin the season as the Oakland A's closer, manager Bob Melvin announced Tuesday. Balfour beat out lefty Brian Fuentes for the role during spring training ... Atlanta Braves pitching prospect Arodys Vizcaino had Tommy John surgery Tuesday and is out for the season. The 21-year-old right-hander had been expected to win a bullpen job ... Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun sat out Tuesday because of a sore groin. The reigning NL MVP is batting .059 this spring ... Derek Jeter remained out of the New York Yankees lineup because of a stiff left calf. The shortstop hasn't played since last Wednesday.