Miguel Cabrera underwent core muscle repair surgery today and is expected to be ready for Spring Training, per a Tigers' press release. Last week, GM Dave Dombrowski told the media that Cabrera was dealing with a Grade 2 or 3 groin strain for most of September and the playoffs. Dombrowski detailed that the groin strain was a separate occurrence to the original abdominal injury that didn't seem to have much of an effect on his August production.
"When he had the abdominal strain, he played the month of August and was the player of the month, even though it continued to restrict him," Dombrowski said. "You could see that. But he could still swing the bat. He hurt himself in addition to that, in the same area, he hurt his groin against the White Sox when he slid into second base that time and hurt his groin. The abdominal strain became healed. Then the groin became the problem."
While many other outlets have speculated that the term "core muscle repair" indicates that Cabrera has a sports hernia, this isn't necessarily the case. As we detailed last week, a groin strain and sports hernia can present with similar symptoms. A groin strain is still well within the umbrella of the all-encompassing term "core muscle repair."
Regardless, the press release estimated that Cabrera's rehab would take 6-8 weeks, leaving him plenty of time to prepare for the 2014 season. Here is the team's full press release:
Miguel Cabrera underwent successful core muscle repair surgery this morning. The procedure was performed by Dr. Bill Meyers in Philadelphia. Cabrera will undergo physical rehabilitation for the next 6-8 weeks and is anticipated to be ready for Spring Training in the 2014 season.