Tigers' Cabrera hit in face by grounder

March 19, 2012 at 7:26 PM

CLEARWATER, Fla., March 19 (UPI) -- Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera required stitches to close a gash on his face caused by a ground ball Monday, the team said.

Cabrera was playing third base during the first inning of the Tigers' 4-3 spring training loss to Philadelphia when a sharp grounder off the bat of Hunter Pence took a bad hop.

The ball bounced and struck Cabrera underneath his right eye, opening a wound that bled profusely.

The Tigers infielder was helped off the field and taken to the training room for evaluation, X-rays and stitches to close the cut, the team said in a statement.

No further information was immediately available.

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