Cabrera will have right ankle examined
In case you missed it, here’s my piece from earlier today on Miguel Cabrera, who talked a little bit after Sunday’s loss about the season — his and that of the Tigers — as well as the disappointment of the present and outlook on the future. With that came the annual question of injuries he played through but hobbled, a topic he’s usually more open to discuss once the season ends. Not surprisingly, the right ankle came up. That’s the same ankle that required surgery a couple years ago for bone spurs.
“The last month and a half,” Cabrera said when asked how long it had been an issue.
Cabrera said he’s going to have the ankle examined again in the next week or so, to make sure there’s no damage or anything similar to two years ago.
“I have to check my ankle again,” he said, “to see if there’s something wrong.”
You might remember Brad Ausmus giving Cabrera a day off at the end of August because the ankle flared up, noting it bothers him from time to time. Cabrera started in each of the Tigers’ final 28 games from there, and played aggressively, running the bases opportunistically and chasing after balls on defense. Cabrera acknowledged along the way that sliding jams his ankle, noting it’s difficult to play that way on the basepaths every game.
Still, he played, and he hit in spite of injury, much like past late-season runs. Cabrera batted .349 (37-for-106) with 10 home runs, 27 RBIs, 16 walks and a 1.109 OPS from Sept. 2 to season’s end. His final week included a stretch of 10 hits in 11 at-bats, four of them home runs, and 13 RBIs. He finished the season on a 10-game hitting streak. For that, he won AL Player of the Week and Player of the Month.
“It was hard,” he said, “but you know me. I want to play.”