MRI and X-ray on Tigers shortstop's injured left knee shows no structural damage
By Alejandro Zúñiga
DETROIT -- The Tigers received some good news following Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Astros, when an X-ray and MRI on shortstop Jose Iglesias' left knee revealed no structural damage, manager Brad Ausmus announced Sunday morning.
Iglesias was not in the Tigers' lineup for the series finale vs. the Astros -- Andrew Romine was filling in at shortstop -- and Iglesias remains day-to-day with a left knee contusion. However, Ausmus said he doesn't expect the injury to keep Iglesias out long-term.
The shortstop was hurt when he collided knee-to-knee with Houston first baseman Chris Carter while legging out an infield single in the third inning on Saturday. The shortstop remained in the game and scored on an Anthony Gose double. Iglesias singled again in the fifth inning, but he was pulled for pinch-runner Hernan Perez after looking visibly hobbled while taking second base on an error.
The Tigers on Monday will begin consecutive series in Oakland and Anaheim without a day off in between. Ausmus stressed the importance of having depth during the seven-game road trip.
"It's a long stretch on the road," Ausmus said. "Guys will probably need a day [to rest] as opposed to having a scheduled off day."
Alejandro Zúñiga is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ByAZuniga. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.