LAKELAND, Fla. - Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias will miss most if not all of the 2014 season, it was learned Thursday.
The Tigers announced Iglesias will be sidelined four to six months due to stress fractures in his legs; in fact, he won't be reevaaluated until the four-month mark of his recovery.
Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski is holding out some hope that Iglesias can be back very late in the year, but the tone of his voice indicated not to count on it.
Dombrowski did, however, say that Iglesias should be OK next season.
Dombrowski and manager Brad Ausmus continued today to emphasize internal candidates to replace Iglesias. Their refrain was: "Our shortstop has to catch the ball."
Dombrowski declined to comment on free agent shortstop Stephen Drew. He made it sound like nothing is imminent on acquiring any shortstop.
Iglesias was examined by orthopedist Thomas Clanton in Colorado on Tuesday, confirming a diagnosis of bilateral tibial stress fractures.
Iglesias will be limited to non-weight bearing conditioning such as biking, swimming and upper body strengthening for the next four to six months. He will be reevaluated at the four-month mark.
"It hurts," Ausmus said today.
Dombrowski said during the weekend that Iglesias can do a lot of activity without pain, including hit, field and run at full speed. It's decelerating that bothers him.
Lowe writes for the Detroit Free Press
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