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Saturday, April 22, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY FALLOUT: DL A REMINDER OF MIGUEL CABRERA'S AGE

No one can escape age no matter how previously durable that player may be.  We got another reminder of this Saturday when the Detroit Tigers placed first baseman Miguel Cabrera on the 10-day DL with a groin strain.  The groin followed ongoing back problems that plagued Cabrera in spring training and throughout the first few weeks of the regular season.  Now at the age of 34, Cabrera and his big body type are not aging well like we have seen from similar cases such as Carlos Lee, Ryan Howard, and Prince Fielder.  Cabrera belongs in that group as he has always played with a husky body and those bodies tend to break down earlier in a career and lead to batting erosion.  Even before the injury, Cabrera was not hitting well and now we have him out for 10 days and maybe longer given the history of groin injuries lingering.  I said in the spring that Cabrera was worth drafting in the late first round/early second for one more year but maybe I was off by a year.


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