Iglesias scratched after being hit by liner on shin
For the second time in three days, Jose Iglesias has left a lineup with a bruised right shin. This time, it was a scarier incident, with the Tigers shortstop struck by a low line drive during pregame batting practice Sunday.
Iglesias, who left Friday’s game against the Mets with a right shin contusion suffered on a late slide into second base, was in the starting lineup for Sunday’s game against the Astros. He was taking ground balls and working with Ian Kinsler when J.D. Martinez smacked a line drive that caught him. Kinsler said the liner seemed to catch him in the same spot as the bruise.
Iglesias immediately went to the ground in pain. He was helped off the field by Tigers assistant athletic trainer Doug Teter, but was able to put weight on the leg.
It was a scary incident for a young shortstop who missed all of last season with stress fractures in both shins. The Tigers emphasized that Friday’s injury was unrelated to the fractures.
Dixon Machado replaced Iglesias in Sunday’s starting lineup.