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

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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 to retire Fernando Valenzuela’s No. 34 this summer

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will retire the No. 34 jersey of pitcher Fernando Valenzuela during a three-day celebration this summer.

Valenzuela was part of two World Series champion teams, winning the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. He was a six-time All-Star during his 11 seasons in Los Angeles from 1980-90.

He will be honored from Aug. 11-13 when the Dodgers host Colorado.

Valenzuela will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Don Drysdale with retired numbers.

“To be a part of the group that includes so many legends is a great honor,” Valenzuela said. “But also for the fans, the support they’ve given me as a player and working for the Dodgers, this is also for them.”