Bad news for Detroit Tigers fans and pitchers alike, as the slick fielding Jose Iglesias, who was acquired last summer in a trade with the Boston Red Sox, will miss the next four-to-six months minimum due to bilateral tibial stress fractures in both of his shins.
CT scans that were ordered by Dr. Thomas Clanton showed the unknown fractures that were originally believed to be shin splints.
While the Tigers hope to get [intlink id=”5966″ type=”post”]Iglesias[/intlink] back sometime this summer, there is an outside chance that he could miss all of 2014 as they try to completely rid the shortstop of any future problematic issues with his legs.
The Tigers trainers have put him on a limited activity plan which will include several different non-weight bearing conditioning exercises such as swimming and biking. They plan to reevaluate his condition in July at the four-month mark.
Looking for a best case scenario, Iglesias would pass all of his tests in July and then prepare for the remainder of the 2014 season. By that schedule you are still looking at a late-August return. So hypothetically speaking, it isn’t out of the realm of possibility to believe that it is time to consider the youngster out for the year. In fact listening to Dave Dombrowksi’s comments, you would have to believe he is of the same mindset. Dombrowski stated, “My understanding is he will be fine for next season.”
Rookie manager Brad Ausmus now will be challenged with finding his replacement, which the Tigers brass are hoping can come from in-house players such as Hernan Perez, Eugenio Suarez or most likely Danny Worth whom they would have to clear a 40-man roster spot for to bring Worth north with them to start the season.
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