Jays' Melky Cabrera had tumour removed

Melky Cabrera, already out for the rest of the season with an ankle injury, had surgery to remove a...

Melky Cabrera, already out for the rest of the season with an ankle injury, had surgery to remove a benign tumour from his back. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images/AFP)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:55 PM ET

MINNEAPOLIS - Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera underwent surgery Aug. 30 to remove a tumour at the L-1 level of his spine at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Fla.

Neurosurgeon Dr. Chris Mickler performed the delicate surgery and then tests were performed which showed that the tumour was benign.

"I knew something was going on with him, I didn't know that," Edwin Encarnacion said.

Cabrera was bothered by hamstring problems before a season-ending ankle injury put him on the disabled list Aug. 1.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos said he expects Cabrera, who signed a two-year $16 million deal after being suspended for 50 games last year, to be ready for spring training.

Cabrera, all-star MVP for the San Francisco Giants a year ago, tested positive for testosterone last season.

This season, he hit .279 with three home runs and 30 RBIs in 88 games.


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