The Detroit Tigers have officially placed shortstop Jose Iglesias on the club’s seven-day concussion disabled list.
Iglesias took a knee to the jaw while trying to turn a double play during Wednesday’s contest against the Tampa Bay Rays and complained of headaches afterward. Still dealing with a headache two days later, Detroit took the cautious approach and moved the shortstop to the disabled list for concussions.
While he is out, Dixon Machado and Andrew Romine will likely fill in at shortstop. Romine has been a longtime utility player for Detroit and is 7-for-28 (.250) with four doubles and one home run in 10 games this season. Machado doesn’t have a hit in six at bats in 2017.
Iglesias is slashing .267/.298/.444 with six extra-base hits, including one homer, five RBI, seven runs scored and two steals in 48 plate appearances across 13 games. Last season, he hit .255 with 30 extra-base hits, 32 RBI and 57 runs scored.
Detroit acquired the shortstop in a three-team trade with the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox during the 2013 season. Originally, the Tigers just needed Iglesias to fill in for then suspended infielder Jhonny Peralta, but after he left for free agency, Iglesias became Detroit’s future shortstop. He missed all of 2014 due to injury, but in 2015, he made the All-Star team, hitting .300 with a .717 OPS. Iglesias is a career .275 hitter in 414 games.
To replace the shortstop on their active roster, Detroit has recalled right-handed prospect Joe Jimenez. The 22-year-old pitched one scoreless inning in his big league debut on April 13.