DETROIT -- Jose Iglesias hasn't been ruled out to return to the Detroit Tigers this season, but his chances aren't looking great. However, Buck Farmer should be back in the bullpen soon and Matt Boyd still has a couple starts left in him yet.
Iglesias has been out of the lineup since he exited a game when attempting to lay down a bunt and fractured his right middle finger. The swelling on his finger has since gone down and the Tigers shortstop has some range of motion back, but he's yet to pick up a bat or take part in fielding activities.
The Tigers sent Iglesias for a follow-up MRI on Friday on his non-displaced fractured finger to see if the injury was healing. The tests came back clean. Going forward, Iglesias' finger just needs time to heal. The Tigers will have to make a decision soon on whether Iglesias will play again this season.
"We're nearing it," manager Brad Ausmus said. "There's going to be a point where -- before he'd be able to play he'd have to be able to take batting practice. But I don't see that in the next couple days, at least. Maybe by the end of the homestand. But if he doesn't hit by the end of the homestand, there's really no reason for him to go on the road."
The Tigers have eight games left in the last homestand of the 2015 season -- including a doubleheader -- before they go on the road for six games to close out a disappointing season. It's possible that Iglesias could take BP, but even he wasn't optimistic when discussing the chance of returning to the team in time.
There's a chance that Tigers fans just might not see Iglesias play again until the 2016 season.
As for Farmer, he's been sidelined with right forearm tightness since Sept. 9 when he left a game early. Initially it was thought that he'd miss the rest of the season, but Farmer has been making progress at a faster pace than the team anticipated.
Farmer threw a bullpen on Friday and will throw a light bullpen on Sunday -- around 15 pitches. If he feels fine on Monday then he'll be available out of the bullpen on Monday for the doubleheader against the White Sox.
While Boyd's starts are being closely watched, Ausmus did say that Boyd has two more starts left after Saturday night's start. The games will dictate his pitch count and Boyd will not be available out of the bullpen between starts.