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Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera has ankle surgery

Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera has ankle surgery

Posted by Dubraswka Aguilar on October 24, 2014

Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera underwent successful right ankle surgery to remove bone spurs and to repair a stress fracture to his navicular bone Wednesday afternoon, the team announced today.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, North Carolina. Cabrera will be re-evaluated in three months.

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said in his end-of-the-season news conference this month that it was possible that Cabrera would go under the knife.

"Is it a possibility? I'd say it's a possibility. I don't know if it's going to happen or not," he said then. "But is it a possibility? Sure.

"We're checking him out from a physical perspective and we've already done some of the work on that and we'll do some more this week. Then we'll determine what we're going to do beyond there and that will be more of a doctor's decision."

Cabrera hit .313 this past season. He hit 25 home runs — a career-low for a full season — and drove in 109 RBIs.

"There's no question that the ankle started to bother him at times based upon a couple of incidences, probably more sliding, at various times in which he was affected," Dombrowski said. "It hurt him at times worse than others because it was there but if you would do something to jar it, it would hurt him."

Still, he hit .379 with eight home runs in September and October, and was named the American League player of the month of September.

Cabrera, 31, had surgery to fix a sports hernia last off-season. He is due to make $22 million in 2015. He has nine years remaining on his contract.

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