Detroit — Will Miguel Cabrera be 100 percent by spring training?
The Tigers certainly hope so — and they would like to think so. But at this point, there is no guarantee he will be.
Or else they would say so.
The team announced Friday that Cabrera underwent successful right ankle surgery to remove bone spurs and also to repair a stress fracture to the navicular bone in his foot.
Surgery wasn't a surprise. It had been known Cabrera was suffering from bone spurs. The presence of a stress fracture, however, had not earlier been made public.
According to emedicine.medscape.com, the navicular bone "plays an important role in maintaining the medial longitudinal arch of the foot."
Cabrera underwent the procedure on Wednesday afternoon in Charlotte, N.C. It was performed by Dr. Robert Anderson.
The announcement said the Tigers' slugger will be re-evaluated in three months.
Late January, in other words.
There is no specific timetable yet, however, for his resumption of baseball activity.
"There is no time frame," Tigers' president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said in a voicemail. "What they are going to do is wait until he's re-evaluated after the three-month period and then kind of go from there.
"So there's no time frame at this particular point."