Cabrera’s injury: Groin strain/tear, surgery possible
Now the Tigers can reveal how much of an injury Miguel Cabrera was playing through — or injuries. He has two, Dave Dombrowski said. One of them was pretty severe.
“He has a groin [injury], they say grade two, grade three, which means there’s some tearing of fibers in that area,” Dombrowski said. “It was not going to heal with rest, we were assured of that.”
An examination by Dr. William Meyers, a specialist in Philadelphia, led to the diagnosis. The Tigers had Cabrera fly in to see Dr. Meyers before the start of the postseason. He’s expected to visit again shortly to evaluate whether surgery is required.
If Cabrera does have surgery, Dombrowski said, he’s expected to be fully recovered in time for next Spring Training.
Cabrera actually had two different injuries down the stretch. The first was an abdominal strain that began bothering him around the end of June. He played through that and showed no signs of being limited, other than some limitations in his mobility.
“When he had the abdominal strain, he played the month of August and was Player of the Month, even though it continued to restrict him,” Dombrowski said.
The groin strain was a separate injury, and it happened down the stretch.
“He hurt his groin against the White Sox when he slid into second base,” Dombrowski said. “The abdominal strain became healed and then the groin became a problem.”
Though Dombrowski didn’t give a specific date, the description points towards Sept. 21, when Cabrera tried to stretch a single off the right-field fence into a double. His old teammate, Avisail Garcia, threw him out at second.
Even before that, though, Cabrera was becoming increasingly limited, and the debate over Cabrera would be better off resting for a couple weeks was picking up momentum. When the question came up, team officials consistently said they were told he could not make the injury worse.
What Dombrowski said Monday was that they knew rest wouldn’t make it better, unless they shut him down for the season.
“If somebody would have said to us, put him on the DL for a couple weeks and he’ll be better, we would have put him on the DL,” Dombrowski said.