Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera has ankle, foot surgery

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Miguel Cabrera undergoes ankle, foot surgery
Friday October 24th, 2014

Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera had surgery on Wednesday to remove bone spurs in his right ankle and to repair a stress fracture in the navicular bone at top of the foot, the team announced.

The team said the surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C., and that Cabrera will be re-evaluated in three months.

Cabrera had been hampered by ankle injuries during the latter part of the season, and he aggravated the injury after scoring from first on a double during a September victory over the San Francisco Giants.

Even though he was bothered by various ailments, Cabrera rarely left the lineup, playing in 159 games this season.

He admitted earlier in the season that he was not fully recovered from offseason groin surgery and that it bothered his power numbers. His .524 slugging percentage was his lowest in five seasons, and 2014 was only the third of his 11 major league seasons in which he did not hit 30 home runs or more.

Cabrera, who has won the American League Most Valuable Player award each of the past two seasons, hit .313 with 25 home runs and 109 RBI in 2014, his 11th straight season with at least 25 home runs and 100 runs batted in. He was also nominated for the Rawlings American League Gold Glove Award after finishing third among first basemen in fielding percentage.

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