Updates from Thursday, Mar. 20
James Schmehl of MLive.com has the latest on Iglesias:
Tigers confirm Jose Iglesias has stress fractures in both legs. Expected to miss at least five months. Unlikely to return this year.— James Schmehl (@jamesschmehl) March 20, 2014
The Tigers also released a statement via the team's Twitter account:
Jose Iglesias update: pic.twitter.com/DCItlXtXzw— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) March 20, 2014
Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski spoke about Iglesias' injury (via Chris Iott of MLive.com and Schmehl:
Dave Dombrowski: "We haven't had any serious trade discussions."— Chris Iott (@Chris_Iott) March 20, 2014
Dombrowski said Tigers are preparing to play the entire season without Jose Iglesias.— James Schmehl (@jamesschmehl) March 20, 2014
Updates from Monday, Mar. 17
Iglesias confirmed he has been diagnosed with stress fractures in both legs.— Jason Beck (@beckjason) March 17, 2014
Iglesias believes he will play this season. Main focus for him is to get healthy.— Jason Beck (@beckjason) March 17, 2014
Updates from Sunday, Mar. 16
James Schmehl of MLive.com provides a synopsis of Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski discussing Jose Iglesias' injury status:
Jose Iglesias will, for sure, open the season on the disable list. For how long? That remains unclear, according to Dave Dombrowski.— James Schmehl (@jamesschmehl) March 16, 2014
The Tigers think they can fill Jose Iglesias' vacant spot with internal candidate, but Dombrowski isn't ruling out any external candidates.— James Schmehl (@jamesschmehl) March 16, 2014
Dombrowski said he fielded two phone calls this morning from clubs asking if he'd be interested in a player(s) following news about Iglesias— James Schmehl (@jamesschmehl) March 16, 2014
Jason Beck of MLB.com continued:
Iglesias to start season on DL, #Tigers announce. Will see specialist in Colorado on Tuesday for another opinion. Nothing more beyond that.— Jason Beck (@beckjason) March 16, 2014
Heyman notes that further evaluation of what was thought to be shin splints revealed something much more severe. Given that Iglesias will be out an extended period of time, the Tigers will either have to search for another option or go in-house to fill the void.
Steve Lombardozzi would likely play short on Opening Day if the season were to start tomorrow.
Prior to knowing the extent of the injury, Tigers head trainer Kevin Rand told Mike Axisa of CBSSports.com about the injury:
We're trying to manage his pain right now and get him some relief, because our feeling is if we're able to get him some relief there, then he'd be able to resume his activity. He can run, but slowing down is where he has the biggest issue. And then the problem is that as he progresses, it gets a little worse.
Iglesias is known for his skills in the field and projects as a future Gold Glove winner at shortstop. He was fantastic at the plate in 2013, however, batting .330/.376/.409 with the Boston Red Sox before being dealt midseason to the Tigers.
In 46 games with Detroit, he came back down to Earth with a line of .259/.306/.348. Overall, he hit .303/.349/.386 with three homers and 29 RBI.
Detroit had big expectations for Iglesias in his first full season in the bigs, but now it will likely have to wait several months to see him in action.