Oct 17, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias (1) hits a single against the Boston Red Sox during the seventh inning in game five of the American League Championship Series baseball game at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Tigers' Jose Iglesias to see specialist about stress fractures

‘Stress Fractures’ sounds far worse than ‘shin splints.’

Word came down the pipeline Monday morning, thanks to MLB.com’s Jason Beck, that Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias has been diagnosed with stress fractures in both shins. It had previously been reported as a severe case of shin splints.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says that Iglesias still hopes that he can play this season, although early rumors are that he will miss half-to-all of 2014. Iglesias is scheduled to see a specialist on Tuesday and more action can be taken after that.

Without Iglesias, the Tigers have a glaring hole at shortstop in a left side of the infield that already features a rookie third baseman in Alex Castellanos. General Manager Dave Dombrowski has stated that the Tigers will stay internal in their search for a replacement. The candidates are Danny Worth, Steve Lombardozzi, and Hernan Perez. Externally, the Tigers options could include a trade for Mariners’ middle infielder Nick Franklin, or signing free agent Stephen Drew.

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