X-rays negative on Iglesias’ left hand after HBP
The Tigers’ postseason infield took a scare Thursday with a 95 mph fastball off the left hand of shortstop Jose Iglesias. He left their series finale against the Mariners after the hit-by-pitch, but x-rays taken afterwards came back negative.
Iglesias is listed as day-to-day with a left hand contusion.
Iglesias went to the ground in obvious pain after the fastball from former Seattle closer Tom Wilhelmsen. He got back on his feet after a quick examination from head athletic trainer Kevin Rand, but promptly left the game and headed to the Tigers clubhouse for further examination.
It was the 11th pitch to hit Iglesias in 105 games this year, the fourth-highest hit-by-pitch total among American League players.
The Tigers have enjoyed a defensive resurgence in their middle infield since Iglesias took over at shortstop six weeks ago for suspended Jhonny Peralta. If Iglesias had a significant injury the prospect of Peralta returning from his suspension next week to play a major role on the Tigers would have taken on new meaning.
The Tigers have already said Peralta will not get his old shortstop job back from Iglesias. They’ve had Peralta taking fly balls in left field in preparation for potential utility work or spot duty as a right-handed bat. His 50-game suspension for his role in the Biogenesis scandal ends in a week.
For Thursday, Ramon Santiago moved over from third base to replace Iglesias at short. Don Kelly pinch-ran for Iglesias and entered the game at third base.