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Jose Iglesias is done for the year

Jun 4, 2014, 10:34 AM EST

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It was assumed that the Tigers would be without shortstop Jose Iglesias for the whole season, though there was some small hope that he might be able to return in August or September if everything broke just right. Welp, things didn’t break just right:

“We do not plan on having Iglesias back with us this year,” Dave Dombrowski, the Tigers president and general manager, told The News on Wednesday morning . . .He is progressing as projected,” Dombrowski said. “But we do not think he will be ready at any point this season to play.”

What started as shin splits turned into shin fractures and has now resulted in Andrew Romine and his .252 OBP and zero power being the everyday shortstop for a World Series contender. That can theoretically work if everyone else in the lineup hits — and oftentimes that is the case for Detroit — but it sure would make life easier for the Tigers if Iglesias was there.

  1. gmkev - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Once Jimmy Rollins breaks Mike Schmidt’s Phillies hit record the phone will be ringing. Jimmy Rollins for Nick Castellanos or Devon Travis works for me.

    • gigab0t - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      ~@~

    • pwshrugged - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      And who’s playing 3B then…? Don Kelly for a whole season?

    • weaselpuppy - Jun 4, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      ridicuous. put down the paint thinner

  2. senotonom205 - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    It was pretty obvious last night how much we could use his defense at SS. Let alone his bat.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:19 AM

      Agreed; however, I am not complaining. That 9th inning run scoring hit by Bautista in the 9th inning last night would probably have been an out if Inglesias has been playing.

  3. gigab0t - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Romine is, uh…look, he’s not Alex Gonzalez ok? That has to count for something.

  4. mornelithe - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Bah, that sucks for the Tigers and their fans, love Iggy, hated to see him go from Boston. Hopefully it doesn’t hurt you guys too much this year!

  5. philliesblow - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Eugenio Suarez, come on down! You’re the next contestant on “Can you play major league shortstop?”

    • senotonom205 - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      If only he could hit right handed pitching.

  6. ud1951 - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    The Cardinals got to the World Series with Pete Kozma and his .275 OBP and .548 OPS, and they even led the league in scoring, so the model is there….. In fact if the Tigers want an upgrade over Romine, I suspect the Cardinals would entertain an offer to ship Kozma from AAA to Detroit, I reckon the Cardinals would pay the bus fare and accept the infamous PTBNL or cash considerations.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jun 4, 2014 at 6:32 PM

      I did a blog post trying to popularize the Kozma Line as a sabermetric upgrade over the Mendoza Line. Your OPS is below .600, that’s the Kozma Line: http://socraticgadfly.blogspot.com/2014/04/can-billy-hamilton-break-pete-kozma-line.html

  7. imnotyourbuddyguy - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    He should still change his #

  8. hieronymous27 - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Trading your every day third baseman, in Castellanos, for Rollins smacks of utter desperation and foolishness. The Tigers have an extremely poor track record in drafting and developing every day players (Verlander, Porcello, et all are pitchers, not every day players). Don’t trade an every day player you have nurtured along to the majors for a 35 year old shortstop.

  9. miguelcairo - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Andrelton Simmons’ only real Web Gem King competition.

  10. hoopmatch - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Rays aren’t going anywhere. Maybe they’d part with Zobrist.

    • raysfan1 - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      I spit curses in your general direction!

      Sadly, though, I wouldn’t be shocked–price would be high though.

  11. pwshrugged - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Unless the Tigers are going to give up on Iglesias’ long-term future as the everyday SS, it’s really hard to see a trade happening here. I think they’re stuck with Romine/Worth at SS for the year, unless Suarez manages to get a summer call-up and make an impact.

    The fact is, the farm is relatively barren, and what is blossoming in AAA and AA needs to remain with the organization. Years of win-now trades – good ones, too, mind you – have decimated Toledo, and that lack of organizational depth shows with the current shortstop situation.

    There simply aren’t affordable SS rentals – I think they might have been planning to pursue Drew, but Boston took him off the table. Beyond that, who is there to trade for? Rollins, maybe; but the Phillies’ asking price will be too high. Nick Franklin seems possible, but he’s been awful in the bigs this year (albeit with sporadic playing time), and even if Seattle’s willing to part with him for pennies on the dollar, Detroit offers him just as murky a long-term future.

    No, I’m afraid the Tigers lineup is what it is, and I’d be surprised to see a change. I hope for the best for young Jose, and that his shins are in better shape next year.

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