Miguel Cabrera Injury: Updates on Tigers Star's Groin Surgery and Recovery
Updates from Thursday, Nov. 14
Miggy: I'm doing rehab right now. ... Yeah, I'm going to be ready for spring training. #tigers— Matthew B. Mowery (@matthewbmowery) November 15, 2013
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From the Tigers:
Miguel Cabrera underwent successful core muscle repair surgery this morning. The procedure was performed by Dr. Bill Meyers in Philadelphia.— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) October 29, 2013
Cabrera will undergo physical rehabilitation for the next 6-8 weeks and is anticipated to be ready for Spring Training in the 2014 season.— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) October 29, 2013
Bleacher Report's Will Carroll added:
"Core muscle repair" for Cabrera, by top sports hernia doc? Yep, that's a sports hernia, #Tigers fans.— Will Carroll (@injuryexpert) October 29, 2013
ESPN.com first reported on Monday, Oct. 28 that Miguel Cabrera would undergo surgery in Philadelphia.
The 30-year-old infielder suffered a tear in his groin this past season that limited his impact down the stretch of the regular season and through 11 postseason games.
Cabrera had the following response to his decision to have the surgery done this fall, per ESPN Deportes' Enrique Rojas via ESPN.com:
Those are decisions you have to make sometimes, if not it affects your future. If not, it could hurt your career, and that's what I based my decision on. I consulted with the team and made this decision personally so I could keep playing with the team. I tried to (play hurt) to take advantage of the chance we had in the playoffs because with so many good teams you never know when a chance like this will come along. It took me eight or nine years to get back in the playoffs and I wanted to be back there and help the team win.
Cabrera admitted that he just wants to get the procedure over with and get back to baseball as soon as possible, per ESPN.com:
I don't know anything about the operation, I don't want to know the details, I just hope it heals fast. I am trusting that the doctors can fix the problem. I have a lot left in me.
Cabrera led the majors in batting average this past season, hitting .348 with 44 home runs and 137 RBI. The nagging groin injury clearly bothered him in the postseason, though, as he went 11-for-42 (.262) at the plate with two home runs and seven RBI in 11 games against the Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox.
While it's never a good thing when the franchise cornerstone goes under the knife, there doesn't appear to be any other option for Cabrera but surgery at this point.
The Oakland Press reports that the Tigers have maintained that Cabrera's injury is too severe to heal by itself over time.
It remains to be seen whether 2012's AL Triple Crown winner will return to his MVP form next season, but Detroit fans can be confident knowing Cabrera will have several months to recover from surgery and hopefully get his body right in time for the 2014 season.
However, the Tigers certainly won't want to rush Cabrera's recovery, as he's set to enter the seventh year of his eight-year, $152.3 million deal that will pay him $22 million over each of the next two seasons, according to Spotrac.com.
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