For those wondering about Cabrera's huge contract, it is insured. There's some pretty big premium on it, perhaps as much as $1.5 million per year, as well as a long elimination period. (An elimination period is the disability equivalent of a deductible.)
Cabrera would have to miss a full season before the policy pays out. Even then, the Tigers would only get back around half of the contract's value while he's out, though it's clear he's irreplaceable.
The Indians sound very positive about Michael Bourn. The speedster is coming back from a tough hamstring surgery. He could play as soon as Thursday at Columbus (AAA) and be back with Cleveland by the weekend. While steals are likely to be down, look for any quick first steps as evidence that he's healthy. That could come out of the box, in the field, anywhere.
Derek Jeter's backup is hurt, which leaves the Yankees in a very tenuous position. Jeter has had no trouble with his ankle this spring, though he's not pushing things much. Ryan is still unable to swing due to a pinched nerve in his back.
The Yankees sound worried that Ryan won't be back soon and may be forced to go find something more than Yangervis Solarte to take some time at shortstop. There are some whispers that Stephen Drew is on their radar, but the Yankees are hoping not to make the deal until after the June draft so as not to give up a pick.
The Dodgers still think they could have Matt Kemp back as soon as Friday. The team has been conservative with their outfielder as he comes back from multiple issues. The ankle has done well late in spring, so Kemp could be ready to play in the outfield soon, though he hasn't done significant work in games yet.
There's also a question about whether he can go back to back, so having him active will shorten Don Mattingly's roster a bit. It's unclear how the Dodgers will shift the roster to activate him, though Mike Baxter is the most likely to get a ticket to Albuquerque.
Tim Lincecum escaped a comebacker to the knee with nothing more than a bruise, but that could be enough if it changes his complex mechanics. The Giants want to see him on the side one more time before clearing him to throw in a game. That was scheduled to happen Tuesday, but there's been no official word on how it went yet. If he passed, he'll go on Thursday.
Latos will make a rehab start at Pensacola (AA) on Thursday. Latos has had no major issues since coming back from minor knee surgery early in camp. He's building his stamina, so look to see how many pitches he goes. The Reds will want to get him around 80 before bringing him up, so anything under that means he'll make one more start in the minors.
Another Jays pen injury? We shouldn't be surprised at this point, especially when it comes to Casey Janssen. The oblique strain for the closer may be more serious than initially let on. There's conflicting reports on when Janssen will throw, but for now, Sergio Santos will take the saves. Expect Janssen to be back in April, but when he does restart his throwing program will tell us more about how long he'll miss.
The Braves give their Mississippi (AA) affiliate a gift, letting them have Mike Minor rehab on their Opening Day. He's expected to go pretty deep and could have only this one rehab start before returning to Atlanta's thin rotation if all goes well. Look for Minor to look as close to game ready as possible in terms of both stamina and stuff.
Quentin is coming back from surgery on his right knee, but now it's the left one that's sore. That's a bad sign, and the "bruise" may be a sign of internal damage. Quentin's productive when healthy, but that can be few and far between. The Padres haven't been able to keep him as productive as the White Sox did, but that's no surprise, right?