Omar Infante injury: Tigers 2B rehabs with Mud Hens

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Tigers may finally get their second baseman back after he missed more than a month with an ankle injury

If Omar Infante can stay healthy this time, he may re-join the Tigers Thursday, MLB.com reported earlier this week. He took the first step (again) Tuesday, playing in a rehab game with the Toledo Mud Hens in Columbus.

Infante did not play in the field, instead leading off and playing designated hitter. But he did stay in the entire game, getting a hit in five at bats.

Before he started the assignment, Infante told MLB.com on Monday: "I feel better today. Just I feel pain when I'm turning the bases, but I feel better today."

Infante had been hitting .309 / .340 / .447 when he was injured on July 3, taken out by a hard slide by the Blue Jays' Colby Rasmus.

Since then Ramon Santiago and Hernan Perez have filled in at second base. Perez has batted .289 / .300 / .342 during that time, and Santiago has hit .254 / . 320 / . 313. So getting Infante back would obviously be a bit of a boost for a team that has recently lost some offensive firepower at shortstop with the suspension of Jhonny Peralta for 50 games.

Presumably Perez would be optioned for the second time in a week if a move occurred.

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