Iglesias likely out for season with stress fractures
The Tigers finally have a rehab timetable for Jose Iglesias. They also have an idea how long they’ll need to fill his spot at shortstop. In both cases, it’s going to be a while.
The team confirmed Thursday that Iglesias has stress fractures in both shins and will spend the next 4-5 months limited to non-weight bearing activities. Under that timetable, he’s expected to be out all season, and Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski told reporters in Viera today that they’re preparing to go through the season without him.
It’s not necessarily the worst-case scenario, if only because it doesn’t sound career-threatening. Still, for a saga that began with Iglesias being sidelined for a week, it’s a crushing blow that arguably changes the discussion on how to fill the void.
For Iglesias, the rehab process finally gives him a road map to rid himself of the shin issues that he says have bothered him since the start of Spring Training last year with the Red Sox.
“It doesn’t get better,” Iglesias said on Monday. “I’ve been doing every kind of treatment, but the pain is still really high. It makes sense now because it’s a fracture. It’s not going to go down until the fracture is better.”
Iglesias’ ailment was originally termed a stress reaction when he was first sidelined at the end of February, similar to shin splints but to a different degree of severity. An adjustment in his orthotics, combined with rest and medication, got Iglesias back on the field for batting practice and infield work, but he still felt the pain when he ran, especially when he tried to stop.
Nothing, not treatment, not orthotics adjustments, alleviated that. Eventually, Iglesias visited another specialist last week in Florida for additional examination, which Iglesias said revealed the fractures.
Iglesias spent Tuesday in Colorado visiting with another foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Thomas Clanton, at the Steadman Clinic, where a CT scan was recommended to look at the shins and the a course of treatment was recommended.
Since the shins are weight-bearing bones, part of the process requires taking weight off and allowing fractures to heal. That will limit Iglesias to non-weight bearing activities such as biking, swimming and upper body work. Yet physical healing is only part of the process. In some cases, diet and metabolism can play an underlying role.