Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera will have surgery on his groin this week, Peter Gammons first reported. Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski confirmed the report with MLive and the Detroit News.
The injury has been a nagging one that on Sept. 21 became an even bigger issue. After injuring it when sliding into second base against the White Sox, Cabrera feared he would lose the rest of his 2013 season. However, Dr. Will Meyers looked at Cabrera and confirmed that he would not be at further risk if he continued to play. Though he could play, Cabrera never regained the form he had the first five months of the year.
Cabrera reportedly had a Grade 2 or Grade 3 strain, which Rob noted last week "can make running very difficult, and quick change of directions -- such as when your third base coach puts up a late stop sign when you're running at full speed -- can be excruciating."
Cabrera was named the American League Hank Aaron Award winner for 2013. He hit .348 with .442 OBP and .636 slugging average. He had 44 home runs and 137 RBI.
The Tigers expect Cabrera to be 100 percent for 2014.