A premature withdrawal of Miguel Cabrera set off alarm bells this week in Major League Baseball. But it was just a misunderstanding.
The Detroit Tigers star made it clear Friday that his plan to play through 2023 remains in place.
"I'm not going to retire... Not until next year after my contract is up," the Venezuelan told the Detroit News.
“They did not understand what I said. In no way am I going to resign,” added the Venezuelan.
The controversy broke out on Thursday after some US journalists shared some statements by Cabrera in which he admitted not feeling well.
“I don't feel good right now. I'm trying to do everything I can to go out and play, but I don't feel very well, "said the Venezuelan in a statement reviewed by journalist Evan Petzold.
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Cabrera alluded to the chronic injury that has affected his right knee for several seasons now and which has intensified in recent days, affecting his performance.
However, the plan is not to retire, but to dose his game.
According to the AP, manager AJ Hinch will try to use Cabrera every now and then during the upcoming series, trying to get him to have the most games at Comerica Park.
“Next year is going to be much better… I'm going to be there,” Cabrera said without a shred of doubt.