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Jose Iglesias confirms he has stress fractures in both of his legs

Mar 17, 2014, 9:12 PM EDT

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It was reported over the weekend that Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias will miss most (or potentially all) of the season due to lingering pain from a shin condition and now we have some clarity about the exact nature of the injury. According to Jason Beck of MLB.com, Iglesias confirmed today that he has been diagnosed with stress fractures in both of his legs.

Amazingly, Iglesias has been playing through the condition since spring training last year, but he said the current pain is “really bad.” The 24-year-old is scheduled to another specialist, Dr. Thomas Clanton, on Tuesday in Colorado, after which he should have a better idea of how much time he’ll need to miss. Regardless, he still hopes to make it back this season.

The Tigers won’t comment on Iglesias’ diagnosis until after he sees the specialist tomorrow, but general manager Dave Dombrowski has acknowledged that they plan to focus on internal options at shortstop. If that’s the case, we’re looking at some combination of Eugenio Suarez, Hernan Perez, and Danny Worth. That’s not an ideal scenario, so speculation about free agent Stephen Drew and potential trades will likely continue.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Mar 17, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Let me preface this by saying I’m not exactly an orthopedic surgeon, HOWEVER….

    I bet you could chop those bastards off, throw on some Pistorius blades and be back on the field by the 2nd week in April.

    It’s what a TEAM PLAYER would do. In my opinion.

    Show some grit, ya baby.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:01 PM

      This is the Tigers, not the Dbacks, son.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:24 PM

        All I know is that a gritty player does what he has to do to get on the field.

        In Little League David Eckstein once got a concussion and, my hand to God, he replaced his head with a miniature Nerf basketball for the entire playoff run.

        Sure, his range was limited to balls hit directly at him. And sure, even after they hit him he couldn’t find them because of his aforementioned Nerf basketball head, but goddammit, he was an inspiration to the rest of that team.

        It didn’t matter a lick to any of them that they lost every game via the mercy rule in the top half of the 1st inning. They learned some important lifelong lessons that season. The most important being the importance of having a functioning human cranium, but also secondary lessons about dedication.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 17, 2014 at 11:19 PM

        You forgot to mention his Most Improved trophy.

  2. jrs45 - Mar 17, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    tfbuckfutter
    Mar 17, 2014, 9:26 PM EDT

    Let me preface this by saying I’m not exactly an orthopedic surgeon, HOWEVER….

    I bet you could chop those bastards off, throw on some Pistorius blades and be back on the field by the 2nd week in April.

    Let’s leave Pistorius out of this. There’s already enough crime in the crappy city lmao!

    • historiophiliac - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:02 PM

      How original.

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Mar 18, 2014 at 12:30 AM

      F uck yo couch.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:03 AM

        Too much smugohol?

      • vivabear - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:34 AM

        Of course I put my feet on his couch.

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Mar 18, 2014 at 11:08 AM

        “Too much smugohol?”

        My dear historio, there is no such thing as too much smugohol.

        Nor is there an inappropriate time to remind people that jrs45 is a massive tool.

    • grumpyoleman - Mar 18, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      That’s funny, your mom seemed to like it and said she made a lot of money there.

  3. disgracedfury - Mar 17, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    No wonder the Red Sox made that trade.

  4. metrocritical - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Judging from the relatively modest offseason expenditures by the Tigers, it would appear that Drew doesn’t fit within the team’s current budget structure. The internal candidate(s) will get first crack until performance dictates otherwise.

  5. moogro - Mar 18, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Dual stress fractures? How far did he fall to make that happen?

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