Dombrowski: Cabrera is 'scheduled to have (surgery) this week'
It was never quite clear what Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera’s injury was at any given time during the second half of the season.
The pain migrated from his hip flexor to his abdominal region, to later into his groin, after severely straining it on a slide.
Now, it’s not entirely clear when — or if — exactly Cabrera will have it fixed.
At the end of the postseason run, Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said that Cabrera had been diagnosed with a Grade 2-3 strain in his groin, and that he’d be going back to see Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia to see if surgery was needed.
Dombrowski told The Oakland Press via email Sunday night that Cabrera was “scheduled to have it this week,” confirming an earlier report by MLB Network’s Peter Gammons.
Cabrera, however told reporters in St. Louis that he was still undecided. He was there to pick up the Hank Aaron Award for the second straight year, presented to him before Sunday’s Game 4 of the World Series.
[UPDATE: Cabrera later told ESPN Deportes' Enrique Rojas that the surgery is scheduled for Tuesday. "I don't know anything about the operation, I don't want to know the details, I just hope it heals fast. I am trusting that the doctors can fix the problem," he said. "I have a lot left in me."]
All along, the Tigers said that Cabrera’s strain would not heal up by itself, if given time off.
“We checked with doctors,” Cabrera told reporters, including CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler. “We got a lot of different opinions. If somebody had told me that if I rested 15 days, I’d be OK, I’d have rested 15 days. They didn’t tell me that.”