Tigers superstar hobbled for the past two months.
Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera was not himself for the season’s final month. He wasn’t himself throughout the postseason either. We knew he was playing hurt.
This might aid his cause for 2014…
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
The teams added another tweet saying the AL batting champ and MVP contender will need 6-8 weeks of rehab and should be ready to go for spring training.
Then I found something interesting…
James Schmehl of mlive.com states the following:
The injury is believed to be the equivalent of a sports hernia — an injury Tigers officials and Cabrera vehemently have denied the past couple months.
Schmehl also notes that Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski stated that Cabrera “was diagnosed with a Grade 2 or Grade 3 groin strain, which indicates a moderate to severe tear”.
Schmehl provides other intriguing details such as when the injury occurred. He adds that Cabrera put off making any decision regarding the injury as he was afraid the team would shut him down for the season. Cabrera went to see Dr. Meyers only after receiving assurances from the team he would be able to keep playing.
Looking at a 6-8 week rehab stint, I see why Cabrera opted to wait. He didn’t want to miss the postseason. He did attempt to play through the injury and pain which obviously affected his overall play. Including running through the sign that led to the image above.