The camera lights were pointed his way as a crowd of reporters gathered around.
Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, as stone-faced as he comes, adjusted a brace on his left arm required by a ruptured tendon in his biceps.
There were no smiles, no jokes, none of the usual Cabrera hijinks with the cameras on, only a certain disappointment in the air, evident inside the Tigers’ clubhouse on Wednesday afternoon and in the manager’s office, and even on the field.
“I’m like, in shock right now,” Cabrera said. “Because I’m not going to be able to play more this year. It’s tough, but in the same way, I gotta go out and fix it and try to come back better.”
On Tuesday night, hours after feeling a ‘pop’ on a third-inning swing, Cabrera was informed by head athletic trainer Doug Teter that his 16th major league season — one he had worked so hard for in the off-season — was over.
Cabrera's immediate reaction, Teter said, was disappointment. And then he apologized.
For all of the money Cabrera makes, for the $154 million he has yet to make, for his age and the injuries that continued to plague him this season, the most difficult thing for Cabrera to grasp was that he would not be playing the game he so loves until next year.
Asked how he is dealing with that, he said, “I don’t know yet. But it’s tough. It’s tough to think about that. Like I say, I’m kind of shocked right now but I hope everything goes well and hopefully I can be healthy again.”
Cabrera’s health has never been in more doubt. He was once a pillar of durability, staying off the disabled list until 2015, but the years since — as he’s aged into his mid-30s — have proven to be a challenge. There was the calf in 2015, the ankle in 2016 and the bad back last season. There was the hip, a biceps spasm and a right hamstring strain this season before the ruptured tendon.
“He was in great shape coming in and someone referenced his age earlier,” Teter said. “He’s 35 years old and the longer you’re in the game, you have to work that much harder. And he did the work this winter and he was ready and then, circumstances happen.
"People get hurt. When you get hurt, it pushes you back a little bit, then you come back and try to regain what you lost everywhere.”
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Cabrera will undergo bicep tendon repair surgery on Thursday morning in New York City, performed by Dr. David Altcheck. Speaking on general timelines, Teter said it would be six weeks until Cabrera gets his full range of motion back and six months until he can swing a baseball bat again.
Cabrera spoke in subdued tones, the reality of an arduous rehabilitation process still sinking in. He said he hopes to be ready for spring training next season. He will rehab in the Detroit area to stay around the team. He didn’t know why the rupture happened, or if there was anything he could have done to prevent it.
“I don’t know,” he said softly. “I’m sorry.”
His message to Tigers fans: “Still support the team. We still got a lot of young talent here. Be patient and enjoy watching what’s happening, because they’re going to be good.”
Though the Tigers are not good yet and might not be for the next few seasons, there was hope that Cabrera would age well as a hitter. After all, David Ortiz put up American League Most Valuable Player-type numbers in his final season, at age 40.
Cabrera’s offensive ability rivals few. But his big body has not been able to hold up in years past and now, there are questions as to how much he will be able to help the next good Tigers’ team.
There is a sizable salary committed to Cabrera through 2023. He remains the face of the franchise, one who people still pay to watch play.
“He’s a big part of this baseball team and he’s one who, through some injuries, trying hard, worked real hard in the winter and came out in spring training bouncing all over the place,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “And then he pulled a (hamstring) and he’s been fighting pretty much ever since to get back on the field.
“So I’m sure he’s really frustrated and we all feel for him because he’s not going to get to do the rest of the year what he likes to do, and that’s play baseball and be a part of this team.”
There are no silver linings with Cabrera’s injury, just small changes. The clubhouse now belongs to Nicholas Castellanos, who has the opportunity to assert himself as the leader of the team. John Hicks — whom Gardenhire has tried to put into the lineup more — will get plenty of time at first base. Hicks’ development — and also Niko Goodrum and Ronny Rodriguez’s — will benefit.
“You’re never going to replace him,” Gardenhire said of Cabrera. “You just don’t. You put people in that spot, but you don’t replace a guy like that with that experience. … But we’ll move forward, just like we did when he hurt his hammy.
"We just have to play. These guys know it. Each guy has to pick each other up and that’s what we’re going to try to do here.”
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