October 29th, 2013
That didn’t take long. Less than 48 hours after confirmation that Miguel Cabrera would need surgery, the Tigers announced that the AL MVP underwent successful core muscle repair surgery. Dr. William Meyers, the noted specialist in hernia surgery and other groin injuries, performed the procedure this morning in Philadelphia, where he is based.
The timetable calls for Cabrera to rehab for 6-8 weeks, which even at the conservative end should have him at full speed in time for the start of Spring Training.
The home page for Dr. Meyers says that core muscle injuries are often described as a sports hernia, which is technically not a hernia. There was a lot of speculation that Cabrera was playing through a sports hernia during September and into the postseason, based on his symptoms and how little mobility he had. Cabrera’s injury has been described as a Grade 2-3 groin strain, including tears of fiber, just short of a rupture. The press release is all that’s going to be said by the team about the injury, so we’ll have to leave it at that.