The Detroit Tigers haven't enjoyed the greatest health lately. Arguably, that has been one of the biggest factors putting a halt to successful playoff runs in both 2013 and 2014, helping defer the dream of a title longer.
With a new season, of course, will come natural optimism. This year, it's tangible for the very fact that multiple performers figure to be as health as they have ever been once action kicks off in the spring.
Still, there's always reason to be concerned. Which players can the Tigers not afford to lose this season under any circumstances? Who should fans be agonizing about the most from now until October? Here's the five biggest to remember.
1. Miguel Cabrera. Detroit fans have seen what happens minus a healthy Cabrera, and the results are staggering. The Tigers will still score runs, but they will be plenty less effective overall at doing so without their biggest gun feeling healthy. Coming off ankle surgery, there's reason to worry about Cabrera long-term this season. He's seen troubles dampen the last two seasons, so until he proves otherwise, watch with caution. Cabrera's one of the bigger gamers this side of Cal Ripken Jr., so it will be hard to keep him out of the lineup unless forced. Still, he has to be completely healthy in order for the Tigers to have a successful year.Read more... Join the Conversation...