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Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera says he feels stronger after surgery

Miguel Cabrera had core muscle surgery and is expected to be ready for spring training. (Duane Burleson/Getty Images) Miguel Cabrera won his second American League MVP award last season. (Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

In what could be bad news for American League pitchers, Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera says he feels stronger after having core muscle surgery in mid-November.

Cabrera dealt with numerous injuries over the final months of last season, including back, hip, abdomen and shin issues.

He still won the American League MVP after hitting .348, with 44 home runs and 137 RBI.

"I've gotten a lot stronger," he said, via MLB.com. "I've tried to make sure everything's going to be good when I start baseball. That's what I do differently."

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Cabrera led the majors in OPS and won his third straight batting title.

"Oh my god, I feel free, like I can do anything right now," Cabrera said. "I don't worry about anything. I don't worry if it's going to hurt, if it's going to feel good if I do this. I feel free, ready to go."
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