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Report: Jose Iglesias could miss most of the 2014 season

Mar 15, 2014, 6:16 PM EDT

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Earlier, D.J. Short wondered if the Tigers would make a play for free agent Stephen Drew after it was reported that shortstop Jose Iglesias would begin the season on the disabled list with shin splints. It may be worse than the Tigers expected. ESPN’s Jim Bowden is reporting that Iglesias could miss most of the 2014 season. As a result, they indeed will be expected to pursue Drew.

The Tigers acquired Iglesias from the Red Sox in a three-team trade at the end of July which also involved the White Sox. In 148 plate appearances, he posted a meager .654 OPS but did provide above-average work with the glove. If the Tigers don’t wind up with Drew, Hernan Perez would be on track to be the club’s Opening Day shortstop.

  1. rje49 - Mar 15, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Gotta be more than just shin splints. What’s the real problem?

    • historiophiliac - Mar 15, 2014 at 6:44 PM

      This is why Beautiful Brad wasn’t calling it shin splints. He said before they were having specialists look at it because they think it might be a serious condition. This could be bad.

      • chacochicken - Mar 15, 2014 at 7:04 PM

        I’m going with fracture + osteomyelitis.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 15, 2014 at 7:09 PM

        I guess I’d prefer that to the genetic degeneration rumors. Still, that one could be tricky. I’m really not happy right now (and we creamed the Astros today).

      • pwshrugged - Mar 15, 2014 at 7:05 PM

        Oh my gosh, I’m gonna start calling him that. My wife already insists that I saw “Ausmus” wrong (I say the “au” like “ow”; she says the “au” like “awe”). I think she’ll have no arguments if we just agree to call him Beautiful Brad in our household.

      • spudchukar - Mar 15, 2014 at 7:19 PM

        Your wife is right.

      • pwshrugged - Mar 15, 2014 at 11:11 PM

        She usually is.

      • bigmeechy74 - Mar 16, 2014 at 3:41 AM

        lol are you really not happy? you mean winning a meaningless spring training game vs the astros doesn’t make up for a serious injury to your young ss? you don’t say!

      • historiophiliac - Mar 16, 2014 at 10:52 AM

        Thank you for that excellent contribution to this erudite thread.

        /eye roll

  2. pwshrugged - Mar 15, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Those must be some really bad shin splints.

    I don’t love Drew in any way; I’d be curious to see what Seattle wants for Franklin. Remember that the Detroit and Seattle front offices are friendly. Franklin might not fit the defensive mold that the team is building towards right now, but they could also play him at 2B if something happens to Kinsler. The Tigers don’t really have an in-house prospect at 2B, and Kinsler won’t be here forever (heck, they could potentially dangle Kinsler for trade later if they had Franklin). I’m not super familiar with Franklin, but I imagine he might be able to play 3B if Castellanos struggles, as well.

    But I doubt the Tigers have enough parts of the farm to make that trade without depleting an already thin spread. The Mariners, despite being in the weaker trade position due to their infield glut, would have traded Franklin already if they weren’t asking for a small ransom, I’m sure.

  3. xjokerz - Mar 15, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    how do you miss a full year because of Shin Splints

    • ptfu - Mar 15, 2014 at 9:04 PM

      Shin splints can hurt like the dickens, and they can take months to heal. Ice and extended rest are the primary cure. If Iglesias needs several months of rest, plus some time to return to game speed, that’s a big chunk of the season.

  4. Jack Marshall - Mar 15, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    NOW I believe the Drew to Tigers rumors make sense…this kind of thing is just what Boras and his client were waiting for…

  5. keltictim - Mar 15, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    As a sox fan, I respected his defense, sand loathed his offense. He always seemed like a good guy clubhouse wise, I just could never get past his awful plate appearances. I wonder what the longest DL stint for actual shin splints is? I’m not all that familiar with the injury m, but from what I know there’s just no way it could knock someone out for that long.

    Oh Brad, whatever are you going to do? A suggestion, pay lil Drew what he wants and get at least 2-3 years out of him. If this turns out to be something that lingers season to season at least you’ll be prepared for it.

    • tfbuckfutter - Mar 15, 2014 at 7:48 PM


      He hit .330 for the Sox when he had the job last year with an OBP of .376.

      He was quite popular with a fanbase who tends to overrate initial performance, IIRC.

      • dillongeeescapeplan - Mar 15, 2014 at 8:29 PM

        Iglesias started to tail off around the ASB, just before he was traded for Peavy. He batted .367/.417/.461 and his BABIP was around .414 in 199 PA prior to the ASB. He batted .235/.274/.306 with a .288 BABIP in 183 PA afterwards. Worth noting Iglesias batted .244/.296/.292 in 222 games at Pawtucket.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 15, 2014 at 10:18 PM

        Hmmm, I wonder if that fall off was related to injury. Apparently he was having issues at the end of last season…

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 15, 2014 at 11:04 PM

        Well….the White Sox do have a history of being involved in trades that include badly damaged players.

      • pwshrugged - Mar 15, 2014 at 11:50 PM

        The fall-off was related to a really bloated BABIP that Iglesias carried earlier in the season, which was due – in part – to him being able to leg out some infield singles.

        His defense sparkles, and his bat won’t harm a team that is in good shape in most other areas. He’ll never bat anywhere but the 9-spot, so if he can hit .250-.260 there and keep that glove flashing, I don’t think Tiger fans will complain. And if he ends up better than that? Great.

  6. keltictim - Mar 15, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    I didn’t say I spoke for all of Red Sox nation.

  7. Youknowimright - Mar 15, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Doesn’t he sing to all the girls I loved before?

  8. 13arod - Mar 15, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    rje49 its was said to splints that doesnt mean that it is bigger issue then splints

  9. Minoring In Baseball - Mar 15, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    These are all just ‘reports’, or really rumors. We won’t know the facts until the Tigers make an official statement, then we can really start to speculate what direction they plan on taking. DD will Illitch will spend the money to sign Drew if they feel that’s who they need to win this season. They could try standing firm with a bench or farm hand until Iggy makes a return, though, depending on how long he’ll be out.

    • Minoring In Baseball - Mar 15, 2014 at 9:08 PM

      DD ‘and’ Illitch

    • historiophiliac - Mar 15, 2014 at 10:15 PM

      The thing is, they won’t necessarily make an official statement that is complete — like last season. They said Miggy had a problem but they did not say exactly what it was or that he’d have to have surgery to correct it until later. Similarly, Iggy was having issues at the end of last season — but I think they just hoped it needed rest and it would heal. That said, I trust DD and Ilitch will do what they need to in order to assure a winning team on the field. They will handle the roster. I don’t know that we’ll get a full accounting though — particularly if they need to work a deal. It won’t all come out til later then. It’s not good to show your hand while you’re bargaining. Better to not let people know how bad your need is until something is worked out.

      • Minoring In Baseball - Mar 15, 2014 at 10:28 PM

        Very true. The more desperate they seem, the more Boras will be trying to milk from them. You can only hope that Drew might see a golden opportunity here, and sign for a reasonable price.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 15, 2014 at 10:33 PM

        Actually, Boras is Iggy’s agent too, so there’s no keeping secrets from him on this one. But, I’m pretty sure that means Iggy’s going to get great treatment. :) I was thinking more of trading with other teams.

  10. keltictim - Mar 15, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Well maybe in thinking of someone else and confusing the two, or perhaps I’m using my selective memory. Either way those numbers don’t jive with the memories I have of Jose.

  11. pwshrugged - Mar 15, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    I swear this team might just be cursed. It seems to feel like it lately, after the last two seasons. Especially after last season. Two years in a row of dominating playoff performances that resulted in a World Series collapse and an ALCS in which we held Boston to a sub-.200 average and still lost.

    I know it sounds silly and superstitious. But I’m really starting to think the Baseball Gods are angered by the Ilitch family’s – and mind you, I have enormous respect for the Ilitches – continued spurning of the 1984 team. At the very least, two numbers – two numbers they recently put back into play – should be retired from that team. Maybe once proper respect and honor is given to one of the most cherished sports teams in Detroit history, the Baseball Gods will smile upon the Tigers again.

  12. keltictim - Mar 15, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    @pwshrugged what do the Red Wings have to do with this?

    • pwshrugged - Mar 15, 2014 at 11:13 PM

      The Ilitch family owns both the Tigers and Red Wings.

      • tuberippin - Mar 16, 2014 at 8:58 AM

        The baseball gods are hockey fans?

  13. averagelifer - Mar 15, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    This is a huge blow for the Tigers. With what the team had put out there at SS before Iggy the lack of defense accounted for more than one loss. Tigers have enough offense that Iggy wouldn’t need to provide much.

    With Iggy at SS, any ball that was on the ground was a sure out it seemed. Iggy’s barehanded flip to first while diving was the most incredible play I seen all of last season from any infielder.

    • pastabelly - Mar 15, 2014 at 11:28 PM

      He made two huge errors in the ALCS. He’s incredibly talented, but inconsistent.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 16, 2014 at 12:43 AM


  14. louis8401 - Mar 16, 2014 at 3:00 AM

    He’s had the shin splints for years and the usual treatments haven’t worked in all that time.

    I wonder if they ever checked to see if he had Chronic exertional compartment syndrome instead of “shin splints”. The pain for both is in the same area, but they’re caused differently. The surgery for it is also more common and successful.

  15. keltictim - Mar 16, 2014 at 7:04 AM

    I didn’t realize they owned both. However it was a feeble attempt at a joke. You said the most beloved sports franchise in Detroit, The Red Wings. Now the real question is who’s the greatest sports franchise in Old Detroit? My vote is the OCP ED- 209s. I know they haven’t won much lately, but this is their year!

    • pwshrugged - Mar 16, 2014 at 10:50 AM

      I said “one of the most cherished teams in Detroit history” – by which I was specifically referring to the 1984 Tigers team, not the Tigers or Red Wings as a whole.

      We love our sports in Detroit, but some teams stand out above the rest and hold a special place in history. The ’84 Tigers are one of those teams, and the Ilitch family simply has failed to acknowledge that. The ’96-’98 Red Wings team remains just as beloved, and the two cornerstones of those teams have their numbers in the rafters of the Joe.

      Of course, the Ilitches owned the Wings during their championship runs recently; they did not own the Tigers in 1984. For as much as I respect the Ilitch family, I’m beginning to get the feeling that if it didn’t happen under their watch, they don’t care much. If they did, Sweet Lou and Tram would have had their numbers retired already, and they wouldn’t have waited until after Sparky died to retire his. Really kind of shameful treatment of some local sports legends, if you ask me.

  16. keltictim - Mar 16, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Isn’t everybody?

  17. willclarkgameface - Mar 16, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    All the people in Boston right now want to send GET WELL IN OCTOBER cards to INglesias.

    I’m still not sure why the people in that area ALWAYS add an “N” to his name.

  18. keltictim - Mar 16, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Jimminy Christmas why are there so many posters on HBT obsessed with spelling? The only time in life when spelling is that life or death critical is when your filling out TPS reports, other than that it’s not that serious. It’s a baseball rumor blog, spelling is not that serious an issue.

  19. hittfamily - Mar 16, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    It would be foolish to sign Steven Drew if you only need him for 1 year. He too is injury proned. Give up your first rounder for the opportunity to sign an oft-injured, slightly above average SS to a 1 year, 12-15 mil deal? No thanks. I’d rather just trade for someone I know will be healthy come July, in July. There will be plenty of capable SS available at the deadline for the playoff push. If you need Steven Drew to beat the Royals, White Sox, and Indians, you aren’t a World Series contender anyways.

    The DB’s would probably part with Gregorius right now, and they could trade him again in the offseason. If the Rays, A’s, Orioles, Phillies, or Jays find themselves out of it by July, then Escobar, Lowrie, Hardy, Rollins (would have to agree to be traded, or Reyes would be available.

  20. keltictim - Mar 16, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    @pwshrugged I can fully understand why that would tee off some people. That’s one thing I’ll always give the Red Sox credit for, md fully embracing and respecting past stars.

    @hittfamily I was under the impression drew wouldn’t sign a one year deal anywhere, otherwise why wouldn’t he take the 14.1 from the sox. So your whole argument against that is kinda moot.

    @historio when you roll your eyes like that you kinda look like a young Betty Paige with the lights dimmed

  21. keltictim - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Meanwhile back to the actual topic, John Farrell just said in a interview this morning that the sox were well aware of his shin issues to the extent they had to “monitor” it. Whatever that means.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 16, 2014 at 6:06 PM

      It means that this is at least his third go around with shin issues and that’s why the Tigers are trying to get to the bottom of it. Apparently, he had problems with it before the all-star break last year while still with the Sox — and then again with the Tigers toward the end of the season and now in spring training. The Sox knew he had issues then, though I doubt they knew what the real cause was. He didn’t just develop it after the trade though. I guess now they are thinking it might be a foot or ankle problem as opposed to the shins themselves.

  22. keltictim - Mar 16, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    I just hope the sox, and Jose, were up front about both the injury, and the extent of his possible limitations. If it’s true that it flared up right before the ASB, then that’s right around the time he was traded so the tigers at the very least would have known something was up.

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