Former Red Sox Ellsbury,Iglesias battling injuries
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | March 21,2014
Jose Iglesias will be out four to six months because of stress fractures in both legs.
The Detroit Tigers shortstop was examined by Dr. Thomas Clanton, a foot and ankle specialist on Tuesday, and is scheduled to be reevaluated in four months.
Speaking before the Tigers played the Washington Nationals in Viera on Thursday, general manager Dave Dombrowski indicated the team is preparing to play the season without Iglesias.
“(He could) perhaps be back later in the year, but in my thought process that’s more unlikely than likely at this point,” Dombrowski said, adding he has been assured Iglesias will be ready to play next season.
Iglesias will be relegated to non-weight bearing exercises and upper-body conditioning for four to six months. He is also undergoing more tests to help determine why the stress fractures did not heal during the offseason.
Dombrowski said Iglesias played with the condition last year while he was with Boston and has X-rays, MRIs and even bone scans. They all showed he was having a stress reaction.
“This is a very rare situation for somebody at any age, but particularly a young individual,” Dombrowski said.
The smooth-fielding Iglesias hit .303 for Boston and Detroit last season. The Tigers acquired him last July from the Red Sox in a three-team trade shortly before shortstop Jhonny Peralta was suspended. Detroit didn’t re-sign Peralta and he signed with St. Louis as a free agent.
On Thursday, New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was sent for an MRI of his ailing right calf, which was negative.
Ellsbury hasn’t played since March 14. He was scratched from Sunday’s game against Atlanta because of right calf tightness.
“I’m sure he’ll take BP tomorrow,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before Thursday night’s game against Boston. “We just wanted to make sure he was OK. They decided to do a precautionary. I don’t determine if a guy gets a test. That’s our guys on the medical side.”