Third baseman Miguel Cabrera will undergo surgery to repair a groin tear this week, the Detroit Tigers confirmed late Sunday night. On Sunday, Cabrera was awarded the Hank Aaron Award, which is given to the most outstanding offensive performer in each league, for the second consecutive season. He received the award prior to the start of Game 4 of the World Series. Cabrera spoke about the award and his injury during a press conference in St. Louis and explained why he felt resting the injury during the season was not an option. "We checked with doctors," he said. "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." Peter Gammons of MLB Network appears to be the first to report that Cabrera will have surgery. Cabrera battled an abdominal injury throughout the month of August, but he still produced at his normal level during that time and was named American League Player of the Month. But he hurt his groin sliding into second base in a game against the Chicago White Sox in early September and was not the same player after that point. Cabrera hit .278 with a .729 OPS and had just two extra-base hits in September after batting .356 with a 1.162 OPS in August. He hit .262 with a .716 OPS in 11 playoff games in October. Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Monday that Cabrera had a Grade 2 or Grade 3 groin tear and that he might have to undergo surgery. A Grade 2 strain involves the tearing of 10 to 90 percent of fibers. A Grade 3 strain involves the partial or total rupture of the groin.
Miguel Cabrera to undergo surgery this week to repair groin tear
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