MLB: Miguel Cabrera Set to Return Against the New York Yankees on Monday

Christopher ChavezAnalyst IIFebruary 27, 2011

NEW YORK - AUGUST 19:  Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers runs the bases after his first inning two run home run against the New York Yankees on August 19, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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When it comes to Spring Training, most times the press will be all over the New York Yankees for making a huge offseason move or because one of their players is causing controversy.

But on Monday, the Yankees and Detroit Tigers will take the same field for a Spring Training exhibition game, and the press will be all around Miguel Cabrera.

Jim Leyland announced Cabrera will return to the Tigers lineup when they face the Yankees on Monday, so it looks like the Yankees will have a day off from the spotlight at Spring Training. 

Cabrera will be returning to the Tigers lineup as a designated hitter for the first time this season, after being suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol. 

The incident started a few weeks ago in Florida when Cabrera was stopped by police under suspicion of being intoxicated. Last week, he showed up to the Tigers' camp and was swarmed by a deluge of reporters with tons of questions for the slugger. 

He did not play for the Tigers when they were slated to face the Blue Jays, but he did take a few swings. It did not look like his recent troubles have caused him to fall off his game.

The Tigers' slugger has the talent to play first base again this season. He used to play third base early on in his career and could probably still play there if he were ever needed in an emergency. But the Tigers will most likely use Cabrera at first base or designated hitter this season.