Dombrowski told MLive.com that he didn't want to "anoint" Iglesias as the starter because Brad Ausmus and his coaching staff deserves to make that determination after seeing him perform in spring training. But he added that the medical prognosis looks good.
"The doctors tell me he'll be fine," Dombrowski said. "The doctors tell me he's going to be ready for spring training."
There would appear to be no strong candidate to compete with Iglesias if he picks up where he left off in 2013, when he batted .303 and played sterling defense. They used several players at shortstop, none of whom performed particularly well.
Iglesias will miss the entire 2014 season due to stress fractures in both shins, but Wednesday's exam was immensely positive news as he'll avoid surgery, which could have ended his career. Iglesias is expected to be fine for spring training, and he's set to open next season as the team's starting shortstop.
"I was just down to see him a week ago [in Miami], and he’s doing well," Boras said. "The doctor reports are good. He’s going back in a month to get a final x-ray. His medication and everything seem to be working well, so we’ve gotten very, very good reports. He’s obviously ready to go, as you can imagine, so he’s looking forward to it."
Iglesias is due to miss the remainder of the year to allow the injury to heal properly, and once it does, he isn't expected to be at risk of a recurrence of the injury, Boras said. "The recurrence part, we’re told, once it’s healed, we’re fine. The problem is, because he was playing so much, he just never had a chance to heal."
The season that never began is officially over for
The news comes as no surprise. The Tigers claimed in mid-March that they were braced for his year-long absence.
Iglesias played a key role in the team's 2013 playoff run by batting a surprising .303 and playing steady and sometimes spectactular defense.
Iglesias has been sidelined all season after suffering stress fractures in both shins, and the team said at the time of the injury that he was unlikely to play in 2014. However, if Iglesias clears all evaluations Wednesday, he could conceviably begin a rehab program that could allow him to join the team for the final few weeks of the regular season.
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|2011||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||101||357||35||84||9||0||1||31||21||58||12||4||.285||.269||.235|
|2012||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||88||353||46||94||9||1||1||23||27||46||12||3||.318||.306||.266|
|2013||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||33||119||17||24||2||0||4||15||9||18||5||3||.262||.319||.202|
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