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Jose Iglesias to begin the year on the disabled list

Mar 14, 2014, 9:53 AM EDT

Jose Iglesias

Rick Porcello was probably the happiest guy in the world when the Tigers traded for shortstop Jose Iglesias last season. A groundball pitcher matched up with a top-notch defensive shortstop is the stuff that dreams are made of.

Sadly for both of them, however, they won’t be together to kick off the season. Lynn Henning of the Detroit News reports that it “seems to be near-certain” Jose Iglesias will begin the season on the disabled list.

Iglesias was said to be improving and may very well be, but he is seeing another specialist today regarding the pain and stress he’s had in his shins (Brad Ausmus has been loathe to call it “shin splints,” though that’s how it has generally been described). Even if things are going well, it’s going to soon turn into a matter of not having enough reps under his belt before the team goes north, which would mean some extended spring training for Iglesias.

The most likely option for Ausmus at short would be to call up Hernan Perez or Eugenio Suarez to take over.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Mar 14, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Bummer, wasn’t happy when he was the collateral damage to get Peavy but it’s a business. Still rooting for the kid outside of when they play the Sox.

  2. historiophiliac - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    I hope it clears up soon and there’s nothing more to it than conditioning can take care of. We need our Little Sexy Fire back!

  3. pestiesti - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    To be fair, a Lynn Henning near-certainty means the odds are probably only around 40%.

  4. Reflex - Mar 14, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    As I keep pointing out, Iglesias’ defensive reputation is overstated. He’s roughly league average. And has contributed less defensively so far than Peralta has in the same time frame according to oWAR, even when adjusted for games played.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 14, 2014 at 5:48 PM

      His dWAR is slightly better than Peralta’s at the same age — and better than Jhonny’s for 5 of his 11 seasons. And, yes, that’s with less games. Jhonny’s oWAR has been up and down. Iggy is still a punk and I think Beautiful Brad will help him develop. He’s only got what — like 144 games under his belt so far? He’s better than Lombradozzi. Don’t hate.

      • Reflex - Mar 14, 2014 at 6:49 PM

        Not hating. And ‘better for his age’ means little to the Tigers this year. This year he will likely be worse than Jhonny. Which means Porcello has little to celebrate. Its possible over the next few years Iglesias becomes Ozzie Smith and all the pitchers are smiling. But that is highly unlikely in 2014.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 14, 2014 at 7:46 PM

        You don’t really have evidence that he will be worse than Jhonny defensively — Peralta does not consistently have great defensive seasons back to back. So it isn’t “likely” that Jhonny had a better year on defense. I don’t think anyone hopes LSF puts up offensive numbers like Peralta. I think the hope is that he’s okay with the bat and keeps growing defensively. I’m more worried at this point that we get stuck with Lombardozzi or Perez there on a regular basis.

      • Reflex - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:22 PM

        People confuse flashy with good defense. Iglesias is flashy. He is about an average defender however. Johnny is also an average defender or so, but he is not flashy. Defensive stats vary wildly season to season for all but the very best. But on average over the past three seasons, which are the only seasons that Iglesias has, Peralta has been the better defender.

        My point stands: Unless Iglesias has a leap forward in his defensive skills this season, Johnny is not likely to be any worse and is probably going to be slightly better defensively than Iglesias this year. Next year, the year after, etc, at some point Iglesias WILL be better. But that does not matter if we are talking about 2014.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:24 PM

        Let’s make a wager.

      • Reflex - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:48 PM

        I cannot decide if I want to win or lose this one given your potential terms…

  5. toledotigerfan - Mar 14, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Ain’t worried yet. I’ll worry if it’s Opening Day and he’s on the DL.

  6. dillongeeescapeplan - Mar 15, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    Iglesias’ defense might be overrated, but he has only 784 innings under his belt at SS. Not a very reliable sample size.

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