March 16th, 2014

Iglesias will start to DL, seek more opinion on shins

Jose Iglesias will open the season on the 15-day disabled list, team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski confirmed Sunday morning. How long he’ll miss, and the exact details of his shin condition, is still to be announced.

Iglesias, who has missed the last two weeks with what has been termed as a stress reaction in both shins, will visit another foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Thomas Clanton of the Steadman Clinic in Colorado, for another opinion on his injury Tuesday. The Tigers will reserve comment on the injury until then.

Dombrowski did not comment on a Sunday morning report from ESPN that Iglesias will be out until midseason with stress fracture. Likewise, head athletic trainer Kevin Rand did not have an update.

Still, the Tigers are clearly preparing themselves for the possibility that Iglesias will miss a significant chunk of the season.

Dombrowski did not rule out the possibility of bringing in another shortstop. For now, the team plans to look internally at prospects Hernan Perez and Eugenio Suarez along with utility infielder Danny Worth.

Iglesias saw a Lakeland-based foot and ankle specialist last week and received an adjustment in his orthotics that he has been wearing since at least last year. The initial adjustment, adding extra cushion under the foot, made an immediate difference according to Iglesias. From there, the doctor analyzed video of Iglesias’ running stride.

Iglesias resumed workouts since then, taking batting practice and fielding ground balls at shortstop. However, he continued to feel pain while running, specifically while slowing down.

Iglesias tried running as recently as Thursday, but continued to feel pain.

“He can run,” Rand explained earlier this week, “but slowing down is where he has the biggest issue. And then the problem is that as he progresses, it gets a little worse.”

That prompted the Tigers to consult with Dr. Rick Smith, a Winter Haven-based chiropractor. He provided Iglesias with “a microcurrent machine with biofeedback,” for pain management.

Iglesias has been bothered by shin issues since last season in Boston, before he was traded to Detroit at the July trade deadline. When Iglesias was sidelined two weeks ago, the Tigers were hoping to figure out the cause once and for all and get rid of it.