MLB notes: Tigers' Cabrera eyes opening day

Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera walks off the field after a ground ball hit by...

Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera walks off the field after a ground ball hit by Philadelphia Phillies' Hunter Pence bounced into his face. (REUTERS/Steve Nesius)

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Miguel Cabrera says his eyesight is fine, he's not in pain and he expects to play in the Detroit Tigers' season opener April 5.

"I'll be ready, don't worry," Cabrera said Monday, one week after being hit below the right eye by a sharply hit grounder.

The Tigers third baseman suffered an orbital fracture and an eight-stitch cut. He could get medical clearance Tuesday to resume physical activity.

After watching replays, Cabrera said he didn't do anything incorrectly in trying to field the bad-hop grounder.

"I was in good position," he said. "I was right there. And at the last second, I see the ball in my eyes."

Cabrera told MLB.com the incident won't make him shy away from hard grounders.

"It can happen anytime to me again, but I'm not scared," he said. "I'm not scared of anything. I'll go out there and play baseball."

METS TO HONOUR CARTER

The New York Mets will honour the late Gary Carter at opening day April 5.

Carter's family, including wife Sandy, daughters Kimmy and Christy and son D.J., will be part of the pre-game ceremony.

Carter, who led the Mets to a World Series title in 1986, died Feb. 16 from brain cancer at age 57.

The Hall of Fame catcher joined the Mets before the 1985 season in a trade with the Montreal Expos.

"It will be an incredible experience for us to celebrate Gary's legacy by having our family throw out the first pitch," Sandy Carter said.

FOCUSING ON DARVISH DEBUT

Anticipation is building for Yu Darvish's debut April 8 at home for the Texas Rangers.

The much-heralded Japanese import is scheduled to pitch that day against the Chicago White Sox and millions of fans on both sides of the Pacific will be watching, curious to see if he lives up to his billing.

Darvish, 25, has been excellent at times during spring training but also erratic with his control.

"People are saying, 'He could be the best pitcher ever from Japan,' " San Diego Padres second baseman Orlando Hudson said.

"He has got pressure from Japan. Pressure from the (United) States. Pressure from the writers ... That's a lot of pressure."

HART NOT HEALTHY

Brewers right fielder Corey Hart expects he won't be healthy enough for the opening series of the season, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Monday.

Hart had surgery on his right knee three weeks ago and needed eight stitches last week after hitting his head while lifting weights. The 30-year-old plans to begin playing minor-league games on Wednesday, aiming to be ready to rejoin the Brewers for the second or third series of the season.

NEW CAMP FOR SHAWN

Shawn Camp signed a minor-league deal Monday with the Chicago Cubs, just a few days after being released by the Seattle Mariners.

The 36-year-old reliever had a 2.16 earned-run average in seven appearances this spring for the Mariners, striking out six.

The right-hander spent the past four seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays. In 432 career major league appearances with the Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays and Kansas City Royals, Camp is 25-26 with a 4.40 ERA and 335 strikeouts.

BRIEFLY

Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine on Monday denied reports of a rift between him and general manager Ben Cherington over personnel moves. Valentine said he was satisfied with the roster Cherington has put together ... Chris Young and the Mets are close to a minor-league deal, the New York Post reported. Young, 32, went 1-0 with a 1.88 ERA and 22 strikeouts in four starts for the Mets last season before being sidelined by a torn anterior capsule in his right shoulder and likely wouldn't be ready to pitch again until May ... The Giants have released pitcher Ramon Ortiz, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The 38-year-old right-hander was 0-2 with a 2.53 ERA in seven spring appearances.


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