Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera wants to bounce back after injury-plagued season

The Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera slides safely past the tag of Minnesota Twins catcher Mitch Garver to score in a game in Detroit on Sept. 25. (AP file photo)

LAKELAND, Fla. — Miguel Cabrera acknowledged Monday that he has something to prove after a disappointing season. But the Detroit Tigers slugger is definitely done tinkering with his swing.

“I don’t want to change my swing anymore,” Cabrera said before the Tigers’ first full-squad workout of the spring. “I just want to be natural. The last three years I’ve been changing my swing a lot to feel comfortable at home plate.”

Hobbled by a sore right knee, Cabrera tried making several adjustments to get through the 2019 season. In 136 games, he hit .282 with 12 home runs and 59 RBIs — all well below his career standards.

Manager Ron Gardenhire said a big part of the lack of production was Cabrera’s weight, which drifted well over his official playing weight of 249 pounds.

Cabrera was noticeably trimmer upon showing up for his 13th Tigers spring, and he said the knee feels “pretty good.”

The Tigers' Miguel Cabrera rounds third base on his way to score against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning in Detroit on Sept. 25. (AP file photo)

“Last year I was heavy,” he said. “I think I lost a lot of weight from last year to this year. I tried to eat more vegetables, cut out some extra stuff. I ate almost the same, but less carbohydrates.”

Cabrera, who turns 37 in April, will start his 18th major league season with the highest batting average (.315) among active players with a minimum of 1,000 plate appearances. He also ranks second in RBIs (1,694) and second in home runs with 477, although only 31 of those homers came in the last three seasons.


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