A week ago, news broke that Detroit Tigers shortstop would miss extended time because of “stress reactions’ in his shins stoking fears that he might miss a large portion of the season as well. Today those fears were realized as the stress reactions turned into stress fractures and Detroit Tigers announced that last years rookie of the year candidate would miss 4 to 6 months.
The stress fractures will not require surgery but will limit Iglesias to no-weight bearing conditioning according to John Lowe of the Detroit Free Press.
Since it was first speculated that Jose Iglesias would miss a chunk of the season due to the stress fractures, fans have been wondering if the Tigers would trade for a replacement. Further fueling the trade speculation were news reports that the Tigers were scouting the Cubs Darwin Barney.
Now they don’t call Dombrowski “Trader Dave” for nothing and usually his trades work out for the better. But in this case the Detroit Tigers should promote from within in order to fill the need at shortstop.
At some point you have to trust your prospects and the players you drafted. We have plenty of options currently on the 40 man roster that would fill in until Iglesias returns or until the Tigers can sign free agent SS Stephen Drew without surrendering a first round draft pick.
Steve Lombardozzi, Hernan Perez, Danny Worth and Eugenio Suarez are all options for Dave Dombrowksi and Brad Ausmus to consider. They give one of these young prospects the opportunity to develop in the absence of Iglesias rather than cause a traffic jam at another position in the organization. Trading for yet another replacement at shortstop would only add to the cost of the Jhonny Peralta suspension. At some point the crisis created by the events of last season has to stop costing this team prospects.