DETROIT -- Jose Iglesias is likely done for the season. Before the game on Friday afternoon, Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said the likelihood of the young shortstop picking up a bat again before the end of the homestand and then traveling with the team are slim.
"I'd be shocked," Ausmus said.
In talking about Daniel Norris' time on the disabled list, Ausmus had remarked that Norris had requested to go on the road with the team, which isn't the norm for a player on the DL. Iglesias, having been sidelined with a right middle finger non-displaced fracture since Sept. 3, would have the chance to travel with the team if he asks, but outside of that, it's not a strong possibility.
However, the team is holding out hope that Iglesias' finger improves in the next day or so to pick up a bat and take part in batting practice. Whether he's likely done for the season, Ausmus wouldn't commit to it but he wouldn't be shocked if Iglesias had played his last game for 2015 on Sept. 3.
"I would think (Iglesias is done for the year)," Ausmus said. "I'll hold out hope in the next couple days he might be able to swing the bat. If he does then there's a chance."
Iglesias was batting primarily in the lower third of the lineup but had also been in the No. 2 hole. On the season he was batting .300/.347/.370 with two home runs, 11 stolen bases on 19 tries, had 17 doubles, and 23 RBI. Defensively he ranked eighth in the American League with 315 assists, and eighth with a -3 in defensive runs saved.
While he had a hot bat for much of the year and made the 2015 MLB All-Star AL team as a backup, Iglesias cooled off in his last 29 games played. Since Aug. 1, Iglesias had been hitting .245/.298/.283 with only three RBI, two doubles, a triple, walked seven times, and only one stolen base while being caught twice.