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Jose Iglesias to make his Tigers debut at 3B, Miguel Cabrera scratched from the lineup

Aug 2, 2013, 5:43 PM EDT

Jose Iglesias AP

Jim Leyland’s lineup for tonight’s game against the White Sox originally had new infielder Jose Iglesias making his Tigers debut at second base.  Now he’s going to third base as Miguel Cabrera has been scratched, presumably due to lingering abdominal issues which have kept him out of the past two games.

Third base is more familiar to Iglesias anyway, as he spent most of his time with Boston there. Ultimately, however, he’ll be the Tigers’ everyday shortstop given Jhonny Peralta‘s presumed suspension for his role in the Biogenesis mess.

Oh, and one odd note: Iglesias will wear number 1 for the Tigers. Which, let’s be honest folks, shouldn’t be an option. Lou Whitaker wore number one and it should have been retired. Yes, that’s my opinion. But I feel like it’s way closer to scientific fact than most things along these lines.


  1. steelers88 - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Are the Tigers going to DL Miguel Cabrera?

    • historiophiliac - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      Nope. Whenever he’s been hurt before, they’ve just rested him here and there or put him at DH for a bit. We really can’t afford 15 days without him at this point.

      • furryroadkill - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:52 PM

        I think just to be safe they should DL him for 15 days…and then maybe an 8-10 day rehab assignment somewhere…and then maybe just ease him back in by not letting him play more than 3 games a week for awhile. Just a personal opinion, wouldn’t want the best hitter in baseball to end up w/ any major injuries…make sure he’s fresh for the start of spring training ’14.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:07 PM

        Cleveland fan?

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:56 PM

        Not now – but if someone smarter than DD had been in charge and dl’d Miggy effective the 23rd instead of racing him back – you’d be looking at getting him back Wednesday at or close to 100%. Oops. This is not the dumbass post-facto reasoning I hate so much because this was forseeable due to their approach. Just looking at the calendar full of off days should have been enough to ring a bell somewhere.

      • furryroadkill - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:19 PM

        Ummm….maybe??? Or I’m just really worried about the well being of this particular ball player?? The time off could really do him some good physically, mentally, and spiritually…especially next Mon-Thur.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:43 PM

        Nice try.

  2. kjericho43 - Aug 2, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Jose does not look too happy in his new hat,

    • historiophiliac - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:15 PM

      At least he doesn’t look as uncomfortable as Ichiro in pinstripes.

      • benjisbigumpblockingbutt - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:20 PM

        you want to talk about uncomfortable in pinstripes – i played there 3 years and let me just say – not slimming /stares

  3. eatitfanboy - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Retiring numbers is stupid

  4. drewzducks - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    At least there won’t be any drop off offensively.

    • jwbiii - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:28 PM

      Sure, as long as he maintains his .370 BABIP with his rather average 18% LD%. . .

  5. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    If this happened last week, there would be 5 articles speculating on which team Miguel was just traded to. Yet another reason to push the trade deadline back.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:16 PM

      Do you seriously think anyone would believe the Tigers would trade MVP Miggy when they’re making a WS run????

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:56 PM

        [Sarcasm Font]

        I was just making fun of all the “Player A is benched he must be traded” posts from the past few days.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:03 PM

        Could you try that with Don Kelly and see if you get a real taker? :)

  6. jjschiller - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    How is Lou Whitaker’s number not retired?

    And why is that not like common knowledge that every baseball fan knows, and uses as an example against which to compare anything that’s ridiculous?

    “How could they give him an error on that? He ran 60 feet just to get a glove on it!”

    “Yeah, well, there’s no explaining somethings I guess. I mean, the Tigers didn’t retire Lou Whitaker’s number for christsakes.”

    • jwbiii - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:13 PM

      The Tigers usually only retire the numbers of Hall of Famers who spent most of their careers in Detroit. The exception is Willie Horton, and there is a very good reason to honor him. Mickey Cochrane won an MVP in Detroit and his number isn’t retired.

      Fun fact: Willie Horton is the only Tiger who doesn’t wear an ID badge during spring training.

      • tigersfandan - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:35 PM

        Well, Cochrane wasn’t with Detroit for very long.

      • jwbiii - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:53 PM

        Sure, but that’s why I said “most of their careers.” Cochrane was a player manager for four seasons, two as a regular player. Greenberg spent a season with the Pirates, Cobb a few seasons with the A’s, Newhouser a few with the Indians, but they spent most of their careers with the Tigers.

  7. furryroadkill - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Im no where near a Detroit fan, but it seems awfully wrong to me that this kid is wearing #1. Didn’t Whitaker wear that # for almost 20 years? Other than Indians players, Whitaker and Trammell are some of the first baseball players I remember growing up.

  8. tigersfandan - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    I was just watching some of his defensive highlights. I like what I saw.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:47 PM

      I know, right. I’m almost looking forward to Peralta going out now.

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