Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias was hit by a 95 mph pitch on the left hand in the sixth inning and exited the game due to the injury. X-rays were negative, the team reports, and he is listed as day-to-day with a contusion (bruise).
After being hit by Mariners reliever Tom Wilhelmsen, Iglesias hopped a few steps toward the Tigers' dugout before going to the ground from the pain, and only gingerly did Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand remove Iglesias' batting glove.
"It's really painful," Iglesias told Fox Sports after the game. "We did some ice, see how it feels tomorrow, but it's very sensitive."
It goes without saying the Tigers just dodged a blow. Since acquiring Iglesias July 30 in a three-way trade with the Red Sox and White Sox, the Tigers have enjoyed the defensive prowess and speed on the basepaths from the 23-year-old player. Iglesias has batted .280/.323/.376 (entering Thursday) since joining the Tigers on July 30.
If Iglesias had suffered a worse injury, the question would have arisen if the Tigers needed Jhonny Peralta on the postseason roster. However, the scare is a reminder of why they may need Peralta on the roster anyway.