Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera is expected to receive the Hank Aaron Award as the American League's outstanding offensive player, according to MLB Network's Peter Gammons. (Robin Buckson / Detroit News)
In what came as no surprise on two fronts, Miguel Cabrera will have surgery next week to repair his injured groin.
The Tigers confirmed Sunday that Cabrera, the Tigers third baseman who was named the 2013 American League winner of the Hank Aaron Award as the league's best offensive player, will undergo surgery this week for fiber tears in his groin, dating to a midseason injury that worsened during a September game against the White Sox at Comerica Park.
Cabrera’s injury had been steadily explained during the past two months as a groin ailment that was not a sports hernia — a more serious matter that could lead to an extended recovery time.
Dave Dombrowski, Tigers president and general manager, said last week that Cabrera’s injury was a “Grade 2 or 3” tear of groin fibers and that Cabrera could face surgery. He was to be be re-examined by William C. Meyers, a Philadelphia expert in abdominal/groin cases related to sports injuries.
A final diagnosis by Meyers led to plans for this week’s surgery.
The Tigers expect a rapid recovery for Cabrera, their 30-year-old superstar whose swing and ability to run the bases were dramatically constrained during the regular season’s final weeks, and throughout two playoff series.