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Cabrera could bring forward the retirement

The discomfort in his right knee could prevent him from playing the 2023 campaign, in which he planned to say goodbye

Accustomed to being the horse of a thousand battles, Miguel Cabrera He has dedicated the last few years to fighting injuries and dosing his game to be able to stay active. That battle could come to an end this year.

Several American journalists reported this Thursday that the Venezuelan would be considering his retirement in 2023.

“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.

Cabrera would have planned to speak with his agent and the general director of the Tigers, Al Ávila, to define his future.

"I have to talk to my agent. I need to talk to the general manager (To Avila). I have to talk to everyone," Cabrera said, quoted by Evan Woodbery.

As he studies his chances, the Detroit Tigers will give him more time off in the second half of the season.

The plan, according to Woodbery, is for Cabrera to play every game during this stay at home and make a decision from there. Going on the disabled list could be an option.

an old fight

Back pain, a ruptured bicep (2018) and constant pain in his right knee have shortened his playing time in recent games. But it would be the last of these discomforts that would hasten his farewell.

Since 2019 Cabrera has suffered from chronic knee pain and has tried to minimize it by losing weight and adjusting his swing. However, in recent weeks the pain has intensified, affecting his production.

“Miggy”, who is playing his 20th campaign, had an impressive start to the campaign, surpassing the .300 average in May and June. But that radically changed during the month of July.

In fact, before the All-Star Game he had an average of .287 and after the classic his average is just .143.

Right now he's hitting .271 with 87 hits, including four home runs, and 36 RBIs.

After reaching his 500 home runs and 3000 hits, Cabrera had stated his desire to play until 2023. That would be the last guaranteed season left on the eight-year, $248 million contract he signed in 2014.

Meeting that goal is worth 32 million.

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