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No structural damage to Jose Iglesias' knee

Rod Beard
The Detroit News
Jose Iglesias hits a dribbler in the third inning Saturday. He was injured on the play when he had a collision near the bag with Astros first baseman Chris Carter.

Detroit — Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias did not suffer any structural damage to his left knee during Saturday's collision with Astros first baseman Chris Carter. However, the knee was still swollen on Sunday, and manager Brad Ausmus held him out of the series finale.

The Tigers open a three-game series Monday in Oakland, and Iglesias is expected to be a day-to-day lineup decision.

"Iglesias is not playing today," Ausmus said Sunday morning. "He's got just a contusion. There's no structural damage but there's some swelling, so he's down because of the swelling."

Iglesias was running to first in the third inning Saturday and his left knee collided with Carter's left knee near the bag, and both players were shaken up.

Both stayed in the game but Iglesias was removed in the fifth inning after laboring on his left leg while running.

Iglesias is second on the Tigers with a .333 batting average in 38 games.

The Tigers begin a six-game road trip Monday with three against the A's followed by four more against the Angels.

It's unclear when Iglesias could return to the lineup, but Ausmus is looking forward to getting his shortstop back soon.

"We don't expect it to be anything long-term," Ausmus said.

Andrew Romine started Sunday at shortstop.

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