Tigers’ Iglesias good to go; Kyle Ryan sent to Toledo
Detroit — They had to wait a bit Thursday morning, but finally, around 11:30 a.m., the Tigers were informed that shortstop Jose Iglesias had been cleared from the concussion protocol by Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association.
He was expected back in the lineup for the first time since being kneed in the jaw by the Rays’ Brad Miller on April 19 on Tampa.
“He took the tests that allowed him to start baseball activity,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “But he still needed to be cleared by MLB and MLBPA doctors.”
That happened about 90 minutes before game time.
To make room for Iglesias on the 25-man roster, left-handed reliever Kyle Ryan was optioned to Triple-A Toledo.
Ryan needs to pitch. Since April 14, he’s appeared in four games and pitched a total of two innings. He has walked seven in 5.2 innings this season.
Tigers right-fielder J.D. Martinez (foot) took live batting practice on Wednesday. He could start playing in extended spring training games as early as Thursday.
“Basically, he is going to progress as tolerated now,” Ausmus said. “If he comes in today and feels great, we could get him into an extended spring training game. But if he comes in and is a little sore, then he would just take BP again.
“It’s really on his shoulders now.”
Ausmus said Martinez could get as many as nine at-bats in an extended spring game. He isn’t ready to play extended time in the outfield yet, though. Once he starts playing in games, Ausmus expects him to DH for a couple games, then play the outfield for a couple.
Ausmus also said it was likely that Martinez would ultimately need to do a rehab assignment at a higher level, possibly Triple-A, before rejoining the Tigers.