Miguel Cabrera wasn’t the same superstar he normally is in the playoffs, and there was a pretty good reason why.
The slugger underwent successful surgery for a groin strain and will be recovering over the next few months. Many wouldn’t even have tried playing with the injuries Cabrera had late in the season and into the postseason, but he showed how much he wants to win by not taking the easy road and battling through trying to help the Detroit Tigers. There’s no question a healthy Cabrera is the key to the Tigers’ offense, as was shown all of October this season.
Some will be worried that Cabrera will now develop a history of injuries, but if he is able to fully recover from the injuries suffered late this year, there is no doubt that he will be in contention for yet another AL MVP and be the catalyst the Tigers need in the lineup to survive the other holes.
There is no player more valuable to a team when healthy than Cabrera is to the Tigers, and him being healthy may have been enough to carry the team to the World Series this year. But even at his unhealthiest, he was still one of the best Tigers hitters in the lineup.
Today was a major step for Cabrera and the Tigers to shake off last year and hit next season being as healthy and effective as possible. It is time to let him rest and hope that when he comes back for Spring Training next season, the old, joyful Cabrera will be back smiling and hitting 400-foot bombs over the fence.
If he is, the Tigers can go back to liking their chances against any team in baseball.