Tigers SS Jose Iglesias to begin season on DL

Tigers SS Jose Iglesias to begin season on DL
Tigers SS Jose Iglesias to begin season on DL

Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias says he has stress fractures in both legs and isn’t sure when he’ll be able to play, leaving the Tigers two weeks to fill his spot for Opening Day and perhaps a lot longer.

The 24-year-old is set to see a specialist in Colorado on Tuesday. After that, he’ll have a better idea of his status.

The smooth-fielding Iglesias played through pain in his shins last year while hitting .303 for Boston and Detroit. He said he intends to return this season to the three-time AL Central champion Tigers.

‘‘Absolutely,’’ he said. ‘‘But for now, my goal is to get healthy, get rid of this, because the pain is really bad. I just want to get rid of it and come back 100 percent.’’

Minus Iglesias, the Tigers might pick from among three players already in camp to be their shortstop: Danny Worth, Hernan Perez, and Eugenio Suarez.

Free agent shortstop Stephen Drew also is available, and Seattle infielder Nick Franklin could be a possible trade target.

New Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he wouldn’t dwell on Iglesias’s absence.

‘‘You take the 25 players that are starting the season and try to find a way to win on a daily basis,’’ he said. ‘‘You don’t bury your face in your hands crying about what could have been. It’s counterproductive.’’

Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski said Sunday that Iglesias will begin the season on the disabled list. The Tigers open March 31 at home against Kansas City.

The Tigers acquired Iglesias last July from the Red Sox in a three-team trade. He occasionally missed games while dealing with shin splints that hurt him while running, and hoped he would feel better this spring.

But Ausmus said he spotted something with Iglesias in the Tigers’ exhibition opener Feb. 26. Iglesias hasn’t played since then and saw a specialist last week.

Iglesias said he had ‘‘small fractures’’ in both legs. While disappointed at the diagnosis, he added, “Aat the end of the day, it’s good as well, because I know what’s going on now. It’s something that I’ve got to deal with, but something that will go away with time.’’

‘‘I was able to play through it last year, but that’s not going to happen this year,’’ he said.

Eyal Vernon