(NEW YORK) — Despite having a tremendous 2013 at the plate, Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera broke down towards the end of the season. But after offseason surgery, Cabera is feeling healthy and confident heading into the new season.
During the offseason, Cabrera had surgery to repair core muscles damaged by a groin tear. He’s doing new exercises to help keep his core strong and to stay healthy this season.
“I’ve gotten a lot stronger,” Cabrera told reporters, according to MLB.com. “I’ve tried to make sure everything’s going to be good when I start baseball. That’s what I do differently.”
“Oh my God, I feel free, like I can do anything right now,” Cabrera added. “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.”
Despite his late-season struggles, Cabrera took home his second consecutive American League MVP Award in 2013.
In 2013, Cabrera hit .348 with 44 home runs and 137 RBIs.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN