DETROIT — After clearing final concussion protocol tests, the Tigers reinstated Jose Iglesias from the seven-day concussion disabled list and optioned left-handed pitcher Kyle Ryan to Triple-A Toledo.
Iglesias posted an Instagram photo on Wednesday saying “I’m back” after he cleared initial tests. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that same day that he expected Iglesias to return on time.
The Tigers shortstop took a knee to the head on April 19 in the ninth inning while attempting to field a double-play ball and was taken for testing. On the 21st, he was placed on the seven-day concussion DL, retroactive to April 20.
Thursday was the first day he was able to come off the DL. With his return, the Tigers now have three players on the DL. Miguel Cabrera rode a stationary bike and worked out for the first time on Tuesday since being placed on the 10-day DL with a right groin strain on May 22.
JaCoby Jones was struck in the face with a pitch and received nine stitches on his left lip, and could see time on a rehab assignment for his 10-day DL — he will also be wearing a face guard going forward.
J.D. Martinez, recovering from a right foot Lisfranc sprain, ran on April 24 and took live BP on Thursday. The Tigers’ outfield has been held together with Triple-A players and Andrew Romine, but despite the stitched-together lineups, the offense has held its own of late.
Iglesias’ return won’t pack any additional power at the plate, but it will alleviate some pressure for the middle of the infield and give some players a break.