Not long before Miguel Cabrera was arrested Feb. 16 - after a sheriff's deputy said he saw smoke coming from Cabrera's disabled Land Rover on the roadside - police were called to a steakhouse in Fort Pierce, Fla., because Cabrera allegedly threatened the manager and an off-duty wildlife officer.
The manager and officer told police that Cabrera, the Detroit Tigers’ All-Star first baseman, smelled of alcohol, insinuated that he had a gun in a shoulder bag and said, “I know all of you, and I will kill all of you and blow this place up.”
The Florida state attorney’s office Wednesday released a 41-page report, a police video and 911 audio in Cabrera’s case. They provided the first details of the events that preceded Cabrera’s arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence and two counts of resisting an officer without violence.
SURGERY FOR UTLEY?
With second baseman Chase Utley unable to play in any spring training game due to a right knee injury, the Philadelphia Phillies are exploring nonsurgical options.
The Phillies said an MRI of the five-time All-Star revealed tendinitis, bone inflammation and chondromalacia, which is pain due to irritation under the kneecap.
“We’re still doing and researching who exactly we want to get opinions from,” Philadelphia general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “We’re just trying to find the best people to treat this.”
Utley, 32, wants to avoid surgery.
“I think that’s the last resort at this point,” he said. “We’re going to try to exhaust every avenue prior to that.”
SCARE FOR BRAVES
Atlanta Braves minor league manager Luis Salazar was awake and able to respond to doctors after being hit in the face by Brian McCann’s foul liner while standing in the dugout during an exhibition game in Kissimmee, Fla.
Salazar may have sustained a concussion and might have a facial fracture and damage around his left eye, Braves general manager Frank Wren said.
PEREZ TO BULLPEN
Oliver Perez is headed to the New York Mets bullpen, likely his last chance to make the team.
On Tuesday against the Houston Astros, the left-hander allowed the first four batters to reach base in his final chance to prove he could be a starter. Overall, he gave up three runs on four hits and two walks in three innings.
In two starts this spring, Perez is 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA and five walks in seven innings.