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Tigers' Cabrera feels stronger after offseason surgery

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Feb 13 2014 10:34:41 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 13 2014 11:46:37 AM CST
Miguel Cabrera

Reuters

Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera, who had offseason surgery to repair core muscles damaged by a groin tear, says he is feeling much stronger in time for spring training.

The two-time reigning American League MVP battled through a groin tear and other injuries last season.

Cabrera says he has changed his routine, adding more exercises to strengthen his core muscles.

"Oh my god, I feel free, like I can do anything right now," Cabrera told reporters Wednesday, according to MLB.com. "I don't worry about anything. I don't worry if it's going to hurt, if it's going to feel good if I do this. I feel free, ready to go.

"I've gotten a lot stronger. I've tried to make sure everything's going to be good when I start baseball. That's what I do differently."

Cabrera, an eight-time All-Star, also missed several games during the second half of this past season because of a bad back, a sore left hip flexor, a strained lower abdomen and shin trouble.

Despite the injuries, Cabrera led the majors in hitting at .348 and was second with 44 home runs along with 137 RBIs.

Cabrera, who will move back to first base in 2014 after two seasons at third, will attempt to become the first player to win three consecutive AL MVP awards.

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