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Friday, October 24, 2014

Tigers Injury Update: Miguel Cabrera has surgery for bone spurs, stress fracture


By on 10/24/2014 11:15:00 AM

Generally regarded as the best hitter on the planet, two-time MVP Miguel Cabrera underwent surgery to repair bone spurs in his right ankle and a stress fracture in his foot, reports Chris Iott of mlive.com. The Tigers announced that the first baseman will be reevaluated in late January, about three weeks before the start of spring training.

The ankle surgery was not unexpected, as the 31-year-old nine-time All-Star had battled the injury since August. His final line was .313/.371/.524 (OPS+ 146), well below his previous three years' averages. He hit only 25 homers as opposed to 44 in 2012 and 2013. The core surgery which Cabrera underwent in October 2013 may also have slowed him down.

Miguel Cabrera 

Miguel Cabrera, veteran of twelve major league seasons, was signed by the Florida Marlins in 1999 out of Venezuela and made his debut June 20, 2003 at age 20. That year the Marlins won the World Series and Cabrera got his ring. He made his first All-Star appearance in 2004, ending his second season with a batting line of .294/.366/.512 (OPS+ 130) while playing in the outfield. He transitioned to third base in 2005 and eventually to first base in 2008, although he played third for extended periods when Prince Fielder played first with the Tigers. Cabrera's career line of .320/.396/.564 OPS+ 154), together with his Triple Crown in 2012, makes him an almost certain Hall-of-Famer (although off-field issues mar his reputation).

In December 2007, with Cabrera making $7.5 million, the last-place Marlins traded him with Dontrelle Willis to the Detroit Tigers for Dallas Trahern (minors), Burke Badenhop, Frankie De La Cruz, Cameron Maybin, Andrew Miller and Mike Rabelo. In 2008, Cabrera signed an eight-year $152 million contract with the Tigers, but with has two years and $44 million still left, he signed a record-breaking extension for another eight years which takes him through 2023 with vesting options for 2024 and 2025. The Tigers made a $292 million commitment to their slugger.

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats
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