Jul 3, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Detroit Tigers second baseman Omar Infante (4) reacts after being injured in the fourth inning as trainer Kevin Rand tends to him and third baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) looks on against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Omar Infante May Not Rejoin Detroit Tigers Immediately After All-Star Break

Omar Infante will be eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list and rejoin the Detroit Tigers when they begin second half play following this week’s All-Star break, but reports today, like the quote below from MLive, indicate that he might need more time to rehab his ailing ankle.

“He’s supposed to play for Lakeland as soon as he can,” Leyland said. “But I don’t know when that’s going to happen. He’ll be down there, because he’s supposed to get treatment all through the break. He was probably going to DH for Lakeland a couple of games this week, but I don’t know if that’s going to work out or not.”

Ramon Santiago and Hernan Perez have been sharing second base duties in Infante’s absence but, while they’re both capable of handling the position defensively, neither hits particularly well. Since Omar’s July 3 injury — seven starts by Santiago and three by Perez — the reserve duo has combined for a paltry .179/.233/.231 batting line. I think they’d be likely to hit a bit better than that going forward, but not really all that much better. Danny Worth is also an option to fill in should the injury drag on, but he’s not going to be an offensive boost either.

The Tigers are good enough that they could absorb an extended injury by a guy like Infante and win the division just fine, but not having his plus bat to solidify the back end of the lineup certainly dampens the offense. Hopefully they can get Infante back relatively quickly, but it’s more important that he’s fully healthy when he comes back.

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  • louwhitaker

    Perez has had a grand total of 15 plate appearances with the Tigers; isn’t it a bit early to write him off as a hitter? He hit .300 with some power at Erie. I would give him every opportunity to prove he has more to offer than Santiago. Hard to believe he’s any worse, at this point in Ramon’s career. Certainly, he seems to have a lot more range than any current Tiger infielder.

    • http://tomaroonandgold.blogspot.com Matt Snyder

      I’m not writing his future off, but he’s not ready to be an everyday hitter at this level right now. I think he’s more of a 2015 guy.

    • chrisHannum

      It’s similarly unfair to write off Ramon Santiago… He may not have declined as much as it appears at first glance.

      • louwhitaker

        He has a career OPS of .641, and he is well into his thirties…how far does he have to decline? His range at this point is mediocre. Perez seems to have excellent range, and how much worse is he gonna hit than Ramon? I know he is not the second coming of Honus Wagner, but I would give him every opportunity to prove that he can do a bit more to win baseball games than the 33 year-old Santiago.