Last week during Dave Dombrowki’s end-of-year press conference, it was announced that Miguel Cabrera had been playing much of the season with bone spurs in his right ankle and while the bone spurs “needed to be removed” the team had not decided if there would be surgery.
The Detroit Tigers put that speculation to bed this morning when they announced Miggy has undergone surgery.
This is the second consecutive season that Cabrera has received off-season surgery. Last year, he underwent core muscle surgery. Though Miggy won his second consecutive MVP in 2013, he was severely limited down the stretch because of the injury or he might have earned back-to-back Triple Crowns.
Though many thought Cabrera’s struggles mid-year, and lack of power through the first five months of the season, were due to lingering effects of last year’s surgery, it seems clear it was from the bone spurs and stress fracture. Despite these injuries, Miggy hit .379 with eight homers in September to help lead the Tigers to their fourth straight AL Central championship.
Miggy will be reevaluated in January, about a month before the start of Spring Training.