Tigers general manager Al Avila answers questions after the trade deadline on July 31, 2017, in New York. Video by Anthony Fenech/DFP
NEW YORK – Jose Iglesias was not in the lineup on Tuesday against the Yankees, dealing with the aftereffects of a right wrist strain. Iglesias sustained the injury while striking out in the fifth inning of Monday night’s game.
The injury does not appear to be serious, manager Brad Ausmus said, and he was planning to play Dixon Machado, anyway.
It could be a theme over the final two months of the season: The Tigers want to see what they have in Machado, who has performed admirably while being used sparingly this season.
The Tigers took calls on Iglesias leading up to Monday’s 4 p.m. nonwaiver trade deadline but, general manager Al Avila said, “Nothing really took off.”
Iglesias’ future with the team beyond this season is unknown. He is entering his third season of arbitration eligibility and will receive a raise on the $4.1 million he is due this season. If Machado proves down the stretch he is capable of handling shortstop on an everyday basis, the Tigers likely will nontender Iglesias, making him a free agent.
Machado, 23, is hitting .310 this season in 42 games. Iglesias, 27, is hitting .263 in 87 games. Machado can’t match Iglesias’ defensive prowess and certainly not his flair, but he has been awfully stable in the small parts of two seasons he’s played.
Iglesias should return to the lineup shortly: X-ray tests on his right wrist were negative.
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