MLB Releases Statement Regarding Miguel Cabrera

“Consistent with our policy, over the past several days Miguel Cabrera has been evaluated by representatives of the Treatment Board jointly operated by the commissioner’s office and the MLBPA,” MLB executive vice president of labor relations Rob Manfred said in a statement. “Our Treatment Board is staffed by outstanding doctors who are experts in dealing with addiction issues. Mr. Cabrera has voluntarily cooperated and has been completely forthcoming in this process. As a result of the evaluation, the Treatment Board has recommended a multifaceted, professionally administered program for Mr. Cabrera, which will include supervision as is necessary to ensure that he adheres to his program. Mr. Cabrera understands the importance of this program and is fully committed to the program. He also understands that any future alcohol-related incidents could involve more serious consequences.”

One week after news broke that he was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, Tigers superstar Miguel Cabrera will report to camp and answer questions from reporters at 4:30 ET.

There has been talk Cabrera might enter a rehab program, though nothing specific has been announced by Cabrera’s agent or the Tigers.

Cabrera, 27, was the runner-up for AL MVP last season. He led the majors with 126 RBI and a 179 OPS-plus. He also hit .328 with 38 home runs, 45 doubles and an AL-best .420 OBP.

Losing Cabrera from the lineup for any amount of time would severely hamper the offense, but the concern for Cabrera as a person comes before Cabrera as a player at this point.

— Matt Snyder

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