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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tigers Injury Update: Miguel Cabrera no longer in walking boot

By on 12/09/2014 06:00:00 AM

The Detroit Tigers won 90 games this past season and made a playoff appearance before losing in the ALDS to the Baltimore Orioles. At second in the Major Leagues in runs scored this past season, the Tigers can focus on improving the pitching staff this winter through free agency. On the injury front, All-Star Miguel Cabrera has been making strides in his recovery from ankle surgery and is no longer in a walking boot.

As reported by Tony Paul of The Detroit News, Cabrera posted a picture on his Twitter account working out without a cast. General manager Dave Dombrowski didn't want to comment on Cabrera's condition, instead wanting to wait until Cabrera sees doctors in mid-January for an examination.

Although Cabrera is making great progress, there is no guarantee that he'll be ready for the start of Spring Training.  He could possibly also miss the early stages of the season, although it's way too early to speculate exactly when Cabrera will return.

Cabrera has had injury problems, particularly to surgery last off-season to repair core-muscles. It cost him a lot of power, down to 25 home runs after back-to-back 44 home run seasons. One would expect Cabrera to be back to his usual power numbers next season when he's completely healthy.

Should Cabrera be unable to start the season, expect veteran Victor Martinez to see some time at first base.

Cabrera, a 12-year Major League veteran, hit .313 with 25 home runs and 109 RBI this season. He's had nine seasons of 30 or more home runs and 11 consecutive seasons with 100 or more RBI. Cabrera has played for the Marlins and Tigers and has a career batting average of .320 with 390 home runs and 1,369 RBI.

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