Jose Iglesias Out with Shin Stress Fractures

Jose Iglesias confirmed reports from over the weekend that his injury was more serious than the initially-reported shin splints, and instead has stress fractures in both legs. How long will Iglesias be out for, and what does it mean for the Tigers and their shortstop position?

Jose Iglesias played in just one game this spring before being sidelined with what was called shin splints at the time. A week of rest and he was expected to be cleared to return to action.

A week came and went. And then another week.

On Saturday, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus made comments on Saturday that they were quickly reaching the tipping point for which Iglesias would no longer have enough time to get in at-bats to be ready to play.

Sunday, general manager Dave Dombrowski confirmed that Iglesias would begin the season on the disabled list, but wouldn't give a timetable, or confirm reports from ESPN/SiriusXM's Jim Bowden that Iglesias would miss most of 2014.

And on Monday, Iglesias informed reporters that his injury was actually stress fractures in both shins, not just shin splints as initially reported. Iglesias will see foot and ankle specialist Dr. Thomas Clanton specialist in Colorado on Tuesday to better understand the injury, and identify a treatment plan.

When asked for clarification, Tigers trainer Kevin Rand didn't have any new information, stating, "I'm not going to answer any questions with regards to Iglesias." The organization will provide an update after his visit to the specialist on Tuesday.

What does this mean for the Tigers moving forward? The Tigers are likely to start with internal options, which are Danny Worth, Hernan Perez, and Eugenio Suarez. But each have their drawbacks, with Worth thought of as more of a utility infielder, Perez predominantly a second baseman with limited big league at-bats, and Suarez a slick fielding shortstop, but with no playing time above Double-A.

Stay tuned to TigsTown in the coming hours for assessments on all three.

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