Return this season of Tigers' Iglesias seems unlikely

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News
Jose Iglesias broke a finger on his right hand attempting a bunt in Kansas City on Sept. 3.

Detroit – Unless the healing process accelerates dramatically, Jose Iglesias' chances of playing again this season seem remote.

"Before he's able to play, he'd have to take batting practice for a few days and I don't see that happening in the next couple of days at least," manager Brad Ausmus said.

Iglesias had another round of tests on the fractured middle finger on his right hand Friday. Ausmus said the results showed it was healing but he's not ready to resume any baseball activities.

Iglesias told reporters Friday night he wasn't going to rush the process and the most important thing was to be fully healthy for next season.

Ausmus put it this way: "If he doesn't hit (take batting practice) by the end of the home stand, there is no reason for him to go on the road."

The home stand ends a week from Sunday and the Tigers finish the season on the road at Texas and Chicago.

Even though time seems to be running out on Iglesias, Ausmus was bemused by the notion the Tigers should just shut him down for the rest of the year.

"Why shut a guy down if he's capable of playing?" he said. "This is what he's supposed to do. A player's job is to play. If they are healthy, they should play. Simple as that. Not just Iglesias, anyone – you just don't shut a player down because they're hurt and can't play until the last week.

"Like we're going to pay him and he doesn't have to work? If he's healthy, he's going to play."

Iglesias, who made his first All-Star team, has played in a career-high 120 games and hit .300 with a .717 OPS.

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Tigers right-hander Buck Farmer, meanwhile, could be ready to go as early as Monday.

Farmer has been out for two weeks with a forearm strain. He threw a full bullpen before the game Friday with no complications.

"He will throw a light bullpen tomorrow -- maybe 15 pitches," Ausmus said. "If he feels fine on Monday, he'll be available Monday for the doubleheader."

The Tigers have a split double-header against the White Sox Monday. Randy Wolf will start the first game and Kyle Ryan will make a spot start in the nightcap.

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