Miguel Cabrera was not the same player in September and October. That was evident to anyone who watched the Detroit Tigers slugger grit through at-bats over the final month of the season and postseason. Based on the description of his symptoms, it sounded like he had a sports hernia or some injury of that nature that he was battling. On Monday, we learned that Cabrera has a slight groin tear and may need surgery.
MLive.com’s James Schmehl says Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski announced at a press conference Monday that Cabrera has a grade 2 or 3 groin tear and may need surgery.
When you consider he was playing through a groin injury that could require surgery, it’s pretty impressive that he got at least one hit in all but one of Detroit’s playoff games. Cabrera batted .262 with 7 RBIs in the postseason and even even hit two home runs.
Cabrera posted an OPS of at least .995 in every month except September. He batted .278 with a .729 OPS that month.
We already knew he was hurting, and this just confirmed it. Hopefully he comes back fully healthy next season because there’s nobody like him when he’s healthy.