Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera, left, is checked by teammates Brandon...

Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera, left, is checked by teammates Brandon Inge and Don Kelly after getting hit in the face with a hard grounder from Philadelphia's Hunter Pence during an exhibition baseball game in Clearwater, Fla. (March 19, 2012) Credit: AP

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera has been given medical clearance to play again.

The third baseman has been out since being hit in the face by a bad-hop grounder on March 19. The ball broke a bone below Cabrera's right eye and caused a gash that needed eight stitches.

The Tigers say Cabrera was examined Tuesday and cleared to resume his spring training activity. Cabrera is expected to return to the lineup within a couple of days, although manager Jim Leyland hasn't said exactly when he'll play.

Detroit opens the season on April 5 at home against Boston.

Cabrera led the majors last year with a .344 batting average. He also hit 30 home runs and had 105 RBIs for the AL Central champions.

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