Miguel Cabrera Done For Season With Biceps Injury

Cabrera's body began to break down last year, and this year things took a turn for the worse.

Will Burchfield
June 12, 2018 - 8:50 pm

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Miguel Cabrera walked slowly off the field on Tuesday night for the rest of the season. The Tigers slugger ruptured his left bicep tendon when he swung through a pitch in the third inning of Detroit's 6-4 loss to the Twins and will undergo season-ending surgery.

"Definitely a big blow for the club and for that young man who's been trying to come back," said Ron Gardenhire. "I feel terrible for him, he feels terrible and we have to try to help him get through this thing. A very sad day for our baseball team. He's a special player and a special person to have around here." 

A similar biceps injury cost Cabrera three games earlier this season, but it was clear the latest incident was worse given the way he grimaced, dropped his bat and walked straight into the dugout and down the clubhouse tunnel. Gardenhire said he could tell right away it was a grave situation. 

"No doubt. You could see when he left his bat and started walking, he knew. He felt it pop. That's a bad feeling," Gardenhire said. 

Tuesday night was Cabrera's 12th game since returning from a strained hamstring that cost him almost the entire month of May. He's also dealt with recurring back stiffness after he sustained two herniated discs in his lower vertebrae last season. 

His latest injury is especially distressing for the Tigers considering they still owe him about $170 million through the 2023 season. Despite Cabrera's best attempts to get healthy over the offseason, his 35-year-old body, which has over 2,200 games on the odometer, couldn't hold up. 

Gardenhire had a chance to talk with Cabrera as he was getting the diagnosis from the medical staff.  

"He feels really bad, he feels like he's letting people down. He's a guy that's a warrior. He goes out there trying to play through (injuries) -- you've seen it -- and he feels terrible he's letting the team down. Total respect for that man. He's a hell of a baseball player and hopefully we can somehow get through this thing and get him back playing," Gardenhire said. 

Cabrera finishes the season with a .301 average, 3 home runs and 22 RBI in 38 games. Gardenhire said the team will turn to John Hicks at first base, who filled in admirably for Cabrera last month.