Iglesias likely done for season

Iglesias likely done for season

DETROIT -- Time is running out on the Tigers' season, and with it, any chance of shortstop Jose Iglesias returning for any more games at the end.

"I'd be shocked," manager Brad Ausmus said of a chance at a return for Iglesias, out since Sept. 3 with a bruised right middle finger.

Ausmus said last week that Iglesias would need a few days of batting practice before any return would be considered. He hasn't been cleared for that yet, and if he doesn't swing a bat by Sunday, he probably wouldn't go with the team on its season-ending road trip to Texas and Chicago next week.

"Unless he asks," Ausmus said.

Still, Ausmus hasn't shut down Iglesias yet.

"I would hold out hope that in the next couple days, maybe he'll swing a bat," Ausmus said. "If he does, then there's a chance."

If Iglesias' season is over, he'd finish with a .300 average (125-for-416) and a .717 OPS in 120 games after missing all of last season with stress fractures in both shins.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.