Miguel Cabrera’s season is over.
Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire announced after a 6-4 loss to the Twins on Tuesday night that Cabrera suffered a ruptured left biceps tendon while swinging at a pitch from Jake Odorizzi in the third inning. Gardenhire said the injury will require surgery.
Cabrera immediately dropped his bat and motioned to the dugout that something was wrong. He walked down the steps and teammates knew that something was terribly wrong with a player who has played through pain repeatedly over the years.
Cabrera first injured his the biceps on April 29 and missed three games. Then he went on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain.
“Definitely a big blow for our ballclub and that young man,” Gardenhire said of Cabrera. “He’s been trying to come back and I feel terrible for him. He feels terrible. We gotta try and help him get through this thing. Very sad day for our baseball team though. He’s a special player, a special person to have around here. That’s a blow. I feel terrible when I saw him do that.”
Gardenhire said catcher John Hicks, who filled in admirably when Cabrera was on the DL, will get the bulk of the playing time at first base.