Infante has setback in rehab (updated)
The Tigers sent out Omar Infante on rehab at low Class A West Michigan saying he’d spend a couple days with the Whitecaps and then be re-evaluated after that. Infante’s self-evaluations sounds like he’s going to need more time than that.
Thursday marked Infante’s first game at second base since Colby Rasmus’ takeout slide caught him in the left shin and ankle July 3 at Toronto. The ankle was originally seen as the secondary injury compared to the huge bruise on his shin, but the ankle was slow to heal and has proven slow to get back to game shape.
Infante played four innings at second on Thursday, going 1-for-2 with a single and a strikeout and one play in the field, before being replaced.
The ground ball he fielded apparently brought back the ankle issues that have slowed his rehab the last week and a half.
“I’m feeling a lot of pain in my ankle right now,” Infante told MLive.com. “I’m taking the ground ball, and I was feeling it a lot.”
Infante will be re-evaluated in Detroit on Friday. Even if he checks out all right, it remains to be seen when he’ll resume his rehab assignment.
Infante wasn’t the only Tiger on rehab with the Whitecaps Thursday. Darin Downs needed just 10 pitches to retire the side in order in the sixth inning. The results were nice, but they came against a side of Class A hitters. The more important thing will be how his shoulder feels afterward.