Iglesias suffers knee contusion on play at first

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News
Brad Ausmus checks on Jose Iglesias after he injured his left knee running into first baseman Chris Carter in the third inning.

Detroit — The Tigers might be forced to shuffle their lineup for the series finale Sunday.

Shortstop Jose Iglesias was removed from Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Astros in the fifth inning. In the third inning, he appeared to bang knees with Astros first baseman Chris Carter as he beat out an infield single.

He stayed in the game until the fifth inning when he was clearly laboring running to second base.

"I was concerned about him," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "He seemed to move relatively well — a little bit of a gimp. But I think over the next few innings it tightened up on him."

The initial diagnosis was a left knee contusion. He will be evaluated further Sunday.

Andrew Romine likely would get the start at shortstop if Iglesias can't play.

The tricky part for Ausmus is, it could mean another day that second baseman Ian Kinsler goes without a day off. Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera have played in every game and Ausmus has been trying to get them a day off.

If Iglesias can't play, it's doubtful Ausmus would start Romine and Hernan Perez at short and second.

Kinsler, who is in a 0-for-12 skid in this series, wants no part of a day off.

Asked if he was fatigued, he said, "No. It's just the last couple of games I've been a little off rhythm. I just have to keep working and try to get back in rhythm and get ready for tomorrow."

Kinsler spent about 20 minutes in the weight room after the game before talking to the media.

"If I can play, I want to play," he said. "I don't want to sit around. I don't see any reason to sit around if you are able to play."

Lesson learned

Anthony Gose, of all people, should know better.

The Tigers center fielder blasted one to the base of the wall in center field, a 420-foot shot in the third inning. He only got a double on it because, he said, he thought the ball was gone.

"Yeah, it's a big park," he said. "You've got to be a man to hit it out there."

He said he knew he was in trouble when first base coach Omar Vizquel started screaming at him to kick it into gear.

"I won't be jogging ever again, not (on a hit) to center field," he said.

Around the horn

Aside from the triple play that Ian Kinsler hit into in the fifth, the Tigers also hit into their MLB-leading 47th double play.

… Al Alburquerque allowed an inherited runner to score in the sixth on a single by Marwin Gonzalez. After that, he got five straight outs, including four straight strikeouts, the last three on called third strikes.

"I feel like I have my slider like 2011," he said. "Today I feel really good with my slider. Keep on working, pitch better in situations that the manager puts me in, try to help the team to win."

… Miguel Cabrera's first inning single extended his hit streak to 11 games. He is hitting .395 with two doubles, a triple, four home runs and 11 RBIs over that span.