It’s been a tough couple of days for the Detroit Tigers. After losing to the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS on Saturday night, the Tigers’ season ended just short of a World Series title for the third straight season. Not many people saw what happened shortly after the loss coming. Jim Leyland, the manager for the Tigers for the past eight seasons, announced he would be stepping down as the team’s manager and no one thought it could get any worse. However, it has just been announced that Miguel Cabrera, the team’s third baseman, might need surgery on his groin.
It’s been well-documented that the slugger has been suffering from a nagging groin injury for the past month or so that has prevented him from playing to the best of his abilities and may have been the major difference, besides the bullpen, in the Tigers’ loss to the Red Sox.
Many times throughout the series, the slugger came up to the plate in a clutch situation with men in scoring position and he had swung terribly at pitches and looked lost in the process.
It was easy to see that the best hitter in the world was not the same. Leading all of baseball with a .348 average to go along with 44 homers and 137 RBI in 2013, Cabrera is far from his career decline, numbers-wise. Sure, his health is in question, but a surgery would be the best option for a guy who struggled to put anything together in the postseason.
Cabrera batted .262 with two home runs, seven RBI and nine strikeouts in 11 postseason games this year.
A groin surgery might not be a popular option because it could set Cabrera out all offseason and maybe parts of the 2014 campaign, but a healthy Cabrera means a scary Tigers team.