Dave Dombrowski on Miguel Cabrera: “It’s worse than what we ever would have anticipated”


We learned yesterday that Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera underwent surgery on Wednesday to remove bone spurs from his right ankle and repair a stress fracture to the navicular bone in his foot. We have known about the ankle injury for a while, but Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski told Chris Iott of MLive.com that everyone was caught off guard by what was actually found.

“He is as tough as you can possibly be,” Dombrowski said. “They cannot even believe once they went in there and looked at it that he could play with the ankle that he had. It’s worse than what we ever would have anticipated.”

“We were surprised,” Dombrowski said. “We did not know that there was (a stress fracture) in there. After he saw the doctor at the end of the year in Miami, he had mentioned something possibly with the navicular bone, but they really didn’t know and they told me they wouldn’t really know until they went in there.

“We were surprised. We did not anticipate this.”

By the way, Cabrera batted .379 with eight home runs and a 1.118 OPS in September. It’s pretty incredible under the circumstances.

Cabrera had two screws inserted into his foot during the procedure and will have to stay off his foot/ankle for three months. That timetable puts him on pace to be reevaluated in late January, just weeks before the start of spring training. Dombrowski refused to speculate when asked about Cabrera’s readiness for Opening Day, but it’s far from a given right now.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.