Updates from Monday, Sept. 8
Ansar Khan of mlive.com reports on manager Brad Ausmus' comments when asked about Miguel Cabrera potentially needing surgery after the season:
Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said no decision has been made on whether slugger Miguel Cabrera will need off-season surgery for a bone spur in his ankle.
Ausmus was responding to a report by ESPN's Buster Olney, who before the Tigers' 6-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday said Cabrera will require off-season surgery.
"As long as I've known Buster I don't know where he's getting that," Ausmus said. "We don't know if he requires surgery. We don't know if it's going to be rest or (whether) surgery will help. That'll be determined when the season is over."
Ausmus said one bone spur is causing the irritation that's been bothering Cabrera.
"That's what the general consensus is," Ausmus said. "Whether it's rest that will help the inflammation or the irritation go down in the area or whether it's something that has to be done surgically we don't know that. I'm not sure where Buster is getting his information."
Updates from Monday, Sept. 1
Miguel Cabera is back in the Detroit Tigers lineup on Monday (via MLB Lineups):
9/1 @Tigers lineup vs CLE Kinsler 2B Hunter RF Cabrera DH V. Martinez 1B J. Martinez LF Castellanos 3B Avila C Suarez SS Carrera CF Price P— MLBLineups (@mlblineups) September 1, 2014
Manager Brad Ausmus spoke about Cabrera before the game (via Chris Iott of MLive.com):
Ausmus on Cabrera: "He said he actually felt OK to play first, but I would just as soon not have him stand out there for nine innings."— Chris Iott (@Chris_Iott) September 1, 2014
Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera hasn't looked like his usual all-world self at the plate in 2014. It appears that the injury concerns surrounding the slugger finally caught up to him Saturday night, as he left the game against the Chicago White Sox in the fourth inning with an apparent ankle injury.
Chris Iott of MLive.com reported the news:
Cabrera was removed from the game Saturday night after trying to beat out a single on a ground ball that deflected off Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Bassitt in the top of the fourth inning. There was no immediate word from the Tigers regarding why Cabrera left the game, but his right ankle has been bothering him for some time.
His exit from the game might not come as too much of a surprise for most observers. Rotoworld's Matthew Pouliot noted he looked abysmal at the plate:
Miguel Cabrera overmatched. Took two Dellin Betances breaking balls for strikes, then a half-hearted swing at another for strike three.— Matthew Pouliot (@matthewpouliot) August 28, 2014
Normally one of the league's best hitters—he led the American League in batting average from 2011 through 2013, all by fairly wide margins—Cabrera has seen both his average and power diminish this year, especially in recent weeks. The nine-time All-Star was hitting just .260 for the month of August, with a paltry .350 slugging percentage, per Baseball-Reference.com.
This may have been due to an overall lack of fitness. Manager Brad Ausmus noted in early August that Cabrera had some "aches and pains," per MLive.com's James Schmehl.
The ankle injury could also be a critical blow to the Tigers' playoff hopes. They are currently 73-61 on the season and just one game back of the Kansas City Royals in the AL Central.
The team made it clear that it has high hopes for the season when it traded for starting pitcher David Price back in July. The left-handed ace and Cabrera are integral to the team's plans of winning the AL Central and making a deep playoff run.
Should Detroit have to play for an extended period of time with a gaping, Cabrera-sized hole in its lineup, the Royals could pull away down the stretch and leave the Tigers scrambling for a wild-card spot.