Oct 5, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) during batting practice before game three of the 2014 ALDS baseball playoff game against the Baltimore Orioles at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
#3: Will Miggy be ready for 2015?
Miguel Cabrera has undergone surgeries in each of the last two off-seasons. The most recent surgery was in late October to rid him of the bone spurs he was playing on throughout 2014, likely causing his power decrease.
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After Miggy’s successful surgery there was no timetable for return given. When Verlander received his surgery last January, the team was quick to note that he would likely be on track for halfway through Spring Training and that is exactly when he came back. With Miggy the only future date we received was that he’d be reevaluated in January and an estimated timetable for return would be established at that point.
So could the Tigers be facing an Opening Day lineup without their biggest bat? It is entirely possible.
But even if best case scenario transpires and Cabrera is able to come back before or during Spring Training, what kind of season will we see from him? Miggy had a tremendous September but struggled through much of the season with power and sometimes looked very un-Cabrera-like at the plate. A lot of this had to do with the pain he was experiencing post-2013 surgery and pre-2014 surgery.
We can only hope that Miguel Cabrera is back to his God-like level because the entire Tigers’ lineup, 1 through 9, is created around him.
Two more to go.