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Miguel Cabrera may need surgery to repair his groin injury

Oct 21, 2013, 12:37 PM EDT

Everyone who watched a Tigers game from late August on could tell that Miguel Cabrera wasn’t the same. His initial injury was to his groin, which occurred while sliding into second base. There may or may not have been compensation injuries after that — the Tigers were pretty cagey about his health as the season wound down — but it was clear that he wasn’t right.

He may have been more wrong than we knew:


Injuries happen to every team and the Red Sox had bumps and bruises too. You have to wonder, though, if the ALCS goes any differently if the Tigers have a healthy Miguel Cabrera.

  1. jarathen - Oct 21, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    It would’ve really helped if Miggy could’ve come out of the ‘pen for sure.

    • El Bravo - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:11 PM

      HA! So damn true.

  2. georgewashingtonsghost - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Tigers lost three one-run games in the ALCS. There’s no doubt in my mind the series is different if Cabrera was healthy. But, as has been pointed out, injuries are a part of the game. Maybe this will motivate Detroit to get a decent backup infielder.

    • polegojim - Oct 21, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      Yes George… plus one to replace Prince Fielder… that guy was more of a ghost than you are!!!

    • polegojim - Oct 21, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      Miggy has always done his job… and was still hitting while enduring a painful injury!!!

  3. clydeserra - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Or if tim Hudson were healthy, or john jaso, or matt kemp, of alex rodroguez, or or or

    Wow! This is fun!

    • aidanscawley - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      So Garcia can’t pitch the great game he did (against Kershaw), Stephen Vogt isn’t in the lineup for his game winner in a 1-0 game, Kemp doesn’t contribute his almost exactly average 103 WRC+, and… what?

  4. gloccamorra - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Groin injuries take a lot of time to heal, and Miggy didn’t take off the usual MONTH a mere groin strain would need. A tear would have ended his season and required surgery by now. If he had a slight strain he kept aggravating, but not a tear, the off-season should take care of the problem. If the Tigers let him play with anything worse than a mild strain, there should be executions, or at least branding/flogging for those involved in the decision.

  5. tigers182 - Oct 21, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    clydeserra, you’re putting John Jaso on the same level as one of the greatest hitters ever in his prime?

    • clydeserra - Oct 21, 2013 at 6:01 PM

      no, I am saying playing the what if game with injured players is dumb.

  6. drelms - Oct 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    there you go calcatera tell us something new that the whole world doesn’t know. It’s quite remarkable that anyone would pay you to write such drivel.

    The Sox crushed them because a couple of the games best hitters crushed their pitcher’s pitches and because the Sox put up one of the best closers who could not be hit. Cabrera’s health, good or bad would have no effect on those facts.

  7. jimeejohnson - Oct 22, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Groin surgery SOUNDS painful.

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