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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Court date set for Miguel Cabrera

Now that the brunt of the Cabrera Storm — which as at full fury after Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera's drunken arrest late Wednesday night — have blown over, things are moving at a more sedate pace this week.

The Tigers' brass have said that the slugger won't report to spring training in Lakeland, Fla., until he's been evaluated by doctors to determine the next course of action. He returned home to Boca Raton, Fla., after he posted bail Thursday.

Most of the national coverage of the case has dwindled, too, at least until that plan is announced.

Now, at least, Cabrera knows when he must appear in court. His arraignment, on one count of suspicion of driving under the influence and two counts of resisting arrest without violence, has been set for 9 a.m. March 16, in the St. Lucie County courtroom of circuit court Judge Cliff Barnes. No attorney of record for Cabrera has yet been filed with the court.

The next step appears to be the medical examination, if it has not already taken place. Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said this weekend that the organization would work with Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association, using that medical assessment to determine the course of Cabrera's treatment. Dombrowski told reporters he'd have a better read on the situation by the middle of this week.

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