Tiger second baseman Omar Infante hasn't played since July 3 because of an injured ankle, and now he's suffered what seems to be a significant setback while on minor-league rehab assignment. Tony Paul of the Detroit News reports that Infante was forced to exit Thursday's Low-A West Michigan game because of continued discomfort.
"I'm feeling a lot of pain in my ankle right now," Infante told MLive.com afterward. "Real bad. Now when I'm walking, I feel pain."
Obviously, that doesn't sound promising. The Tigers had been hoping to activate Infante on Friday, but that's clearly not going to happen. In fact, Paul writes that Infante's possible return date is "completely up in the air now."
Infante initially sustained the injury as a result of this takeout slide by Colby Rasmus of the Blue Jays:
This season, Infante, age 31, is batting .309/.340/.447 in 76 games. For his career, he owns an OPS+ of 92 across parts of 12 major-league seasons.
For the time being, Ramon Santiago will likely continue as Detroit's primary second baseman, but his miserable numbers to date (.161/.228/.237 in 2013) may force the team's hand.