Cabrera reportedly has bone spurs in ankle
The right ankle injury that has hobbled Miguel Cabrera for the better part of the last month will reportedly lead to another offseason surgery. ESPN’s Buster Olney reported Sunday on Baseball Tonight that Cabrera has bone spurs in his right ankle that will likely require surgery to remove.
A Tigers spokesperson said no decision has been made on surgery. At the same time, the team had no immediate comment on the bone spurs part of the report.
The presence of bone spurs would explain the change in how Cabrera feels from one day to the next, feeling well enough to play first base one day before feeling limited the next. Sunday marked his third consecutive game at first base.
Cabrera, of course, had surgery at the end of last postseason to repair a sports hernia, leading to a rehab program for most of the winter. The hope around team circles has been that a healthy offseason would allow him to return to his regular winter workout program, which would lead to a rebound in his power numbers for 2015.
The normal timetable for recovery from such a surgery, according to injury expert and national sports medicine writer Will Carroll, is 4-6 weeks. It’s obviously not as severe as core muscle surgery, but with Cabrera’s body frame, explosive swing and the weight put on his ankles, full recovery is crucial.
Cabrera himself has not commented on his health since telling Jorge Ortiz of USA Today during the All-Star festivities that his core muscles had good and bad days, taking some strength out of his swing. He hasn’t commented at all on the ankle injury. The Tigers sometimes cite medical privacy laws under HIPAA in saying they can’t release certain medical details without permission from the player.