Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera will be limited to a designated hitter in the immediate future after he has been diagnosed with "chronic changes" in his right knee, the team announced Tuesday.
Tigers coach Doug Teter told reporters that the changes are the "natural result of attrition" and said Cabrera will address this issue for the rest of his career.
Cabrera, 36, consulted with four surgeons, including Dr. James Andrews, but surgery was not recommended, Teter said. Cabrera said on Tuesday he does not consider it an option.
"Forget about that," he told reporters. "I'm done with that."
Cabrera, who is in the lineup for Tuesday's home game with the Tampa Bay Rays, is hitting .284 this season, but his power numbers dropped significantly, with 2 homers and 22 RBIs.
Cabrera won the Triple Crown in 2012 and won consecutive American League MVP awards in 2012 and 2013. He signed an eight-year, $ 248 million contract with the Tigers in 2014. He has five years and $ 154 million remaining in the deal. and will earn $ 32 million per year at 39 and 40 years.
Cabrera missed most of the 2018 season after undergoing surgery in June for a broken bicep.
"The only advice I can say to young children is to take care of their body when they have to," he said. "When they have something, stop playing for a week and come back, do not play with pain, because then you will pay the price."