At long last, the Detroit Tigers can pencil in Jose Iglesias as their 2015 starting shortstop after he was cleared by doctors and the team to resume workouts and begin his normal off-season conditioning.
Iglesias, of course, was injured in the second game of Spring Training way back in February, and after tests and second opinions, he was ruled out for the season. At the time, surgery was not recommended for his shin splints. Instead he needed to be off his feet for a prolonged period.
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This was the next step in his progression. There was a small chance Iglesias might come back near the end of the season, but that was put to rest after a mid-season check-up.
Sea Bass didn’t make it out of April and Romine was replaced on a full-time basis by Eugenio Suarez in June, however Romine has received the lion share of playing time lately and will be starting his fourth straight game for the Tigers tonight.