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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.
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.
Four weeks into Jose Iglesias’ tenure as Tigers shortstop, you get the sense that his teammates are becoming accustomed to seeing him make highlight plays — not spoiled, mind you, but accustomed.
The latest rendition was his double-play Monday, whirling to tag Shane Victorino, then firing against his momentum to retire Dustin Pedroia. The reaction from the Tigers clubhouse after the 3-0 win was not shock, but it shouldn’t be. They can’t be shocked.
“He’s made about three already that I’ve never seen before,” Jim Leyland said.
They’re never the same play, but they contribute to the same realization: Iglesias is as good of a shortstop as scouts and pundits suggested the Tigers were getting. He’s a game-changer.
“That kid, he’s got great hands and moves all over the diamond,” Doug Fister said. “It’s such a blessing to have him. The things he brings to this team, it’s astounding.”
The Tigers turned three double plays Monday, erasing three of the eight baserunners Fister allowed over his seven innings. Iglesias played a role in all three DPs. Afterwards, he talked with Boston writers about the way he has established himself already in Detroit.
“Different philosophies, but at the end of the day, everybody’s in the same place, to win ballgames. I really like it here so far,” Iglesias said.
For someone who played just 45 games at Fenway Park during his Red Sox career, Iglesias received a surprisingly large ovation when he stepped to the plate for his first at-bat.
“The fans here are great,” he said. “It was really fun to play for this team.”
That said, he held no grudges over leaving.
“I love the guys over there. It’s nothing personal,” he said. “It’s a business at the end of the day. But it was fun to come here today and get a W.”