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Brad Ausmus fears Miguel Cabrera’s back issues are chronic

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Father Time comes for every athlete, and it may just be starting to leave its mark on Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera.

Cabrera left the team’s game Monday with lower back tightness, which also led him to sit out on Tuesday. Cabrera has been coping with the back problems all season long, and manager Brad Ausmus fears that the issue may be chronic.

“It’s something he may have to deal with the remainder of his career,” Ausmus said Tuesday, via Lynn Henning of the Detroit News. “Probably, it’ll come and go. What you don’t want to do is make yourself worse, or create a bad habit that impacts performance or creates another problem.”

The Tigers will look at all options available to them in the offseason, but for now, rest is not necessarily recommended, as it may not provide much relief for Cabrera.

Cabrera has been clear that he would prefer to play through whatever is bothering him if at all possible. He has, though his numbers are in clear decline, hitting just .253 with only 14 home runs.

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