Ausmus hopeful Miggy will be ready for Opening Day

Ausmus hopeful Miggy will be ready for Opening Day

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus isn't making any proclamations about Miguel Cabrera's chances for Opening Day. He's focused on Cabrera getting healthy in due time, whether it's for the start of the season or shortly thereafter.

"I'm hoping Opening Day, but I'm not going to rush him just to have him play Opening Day," Ausmus said. "The important thing is to have him for as close to six months as possible."

On that, Ausmus later added, "My feeling is Miggy's on track, barring a setback."

Cabrera has been taking batting practice on the field with the Tigers all week. He could soon be running on the field, too.

It would be the next significant step in his rehab from right ankle and foot surgery. But he has to run on at least 80 percent of the weight on the anti-gravity treadmill. He ran on 72 percent of his weight earlier this week.

"He should be really close," Ausmus said.

As for batting practice, Ausmus said, "I wasn't here, but [hitting coach] Wally Joyner said Miggy hit on the field again [Wednesday, and], looked good. He was hitting balls 425 feet out to left-center."

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.