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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Tigers' Jose Iglesias could miss more than half the season

By on 3/15/2014 07:30:00 PM

On Friday, we learned that Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias would start the season on the disabled list with a shin injury. Our own Devin Pangaro brought us the details. It now appears that the injury is much more serious than originally anticipated. ESPN's Jim Bowden announced late Saturday afternoon that Iglesias could miss more than half the season.

Iglesias is experiencing shin splints that have caused him pain while running. According to's Jason Beck, he had his orthotics adjusted, which helps him walk more comfortably, but he still hurts while running. On Friday and Saturday, he wore a microcurrent machine that helped trainers learn the extent of the injury.

The shin splints are nothing new, According to Beck, Iglesias had pain from shin splints just before and after his trade to the Tigers from the Boston Red Sox last July. He began suffering from them again at the beginning of March, and he has not played in any Spring Training games since then.

In Iglesias's absence, the Tigers could turn to Steve Lombardozzi, who has played most of the Spring games since Iglesias went down. Bowden, though, brings up the possibility of the Tigers going after the still-unsigned free agent Stephen Drew, who hit .253 with 13 HR and 67 RBI in 124 games with Boston last year. Without Iglesias, reaching a deal with Drew could become much easier for the Tigers than for any other team who has tried so far.

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