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Tigers send JaCoby Jones to Toledo on rehab assignment

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News
JaCoby Jones

Detroit – JaCoby Jones is headed back to Triple-A Toledo, though it’s not a demotion.

Jones, who is on the disabled list with a lacerated lip, will commence a rehab assignment with the Mud Hens Saturday.

“There is no fixed amount of games (that he will play),” manager Brad Ausmus said. “They play two this weekend, are off Monday and then he will play at least two more, I would think.”

Jones, who had been in an 0-for-18 skid, was hit in the face by a pitch on April 22. Ausmus said the rehab stint was mostly to allow Jones to face pitches again and get comfortable wearing a new helmet with a protective flap over the left side of his face.

“Not playing for a few games could be helpful, too,” Ausmus said, in terms of getting back on track at the plate. “But I am guessing he’d rather he didn’t get hit in the face.”

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Why bunt?

The Tigers had tied the game at 4 in the ninth inning off White Sox closer David Robertson. They had scored twice and still had a runner at first with two outs.

Jose Iglesias tried to surprise the White Sox by dropping a bunt down the third base line. Third baseman Todd Frazier wasn’t fooled. He easily threw Iglesias out.

Ausmus said Iglesias bunted on his own, but he didn’t hate the play.

“It didn’t come from the bench,” Ausmus said. “But ask yourself this: Do we have a better shot of Iglesias hitting a double and driving in a run there, or Iglesias dropping a bunt down, getting a guy in scoring position and giving (Ian) Kinsler a shot to drive in the run with a single?

“If he has a clean bunt opportunity, you can make the argument that it might be easier to have Kinsler drive in the run with a single. Iglesias doesn’t hit a lot of extra-base hits.”

Briefly

As reported Friday, right fielder J.D. Martinez played in an extended spring training game on Friday. He went 3-for-9 with two singles and a double. He did not play the outfield.

… Before Friday, third baseman Nick Castellanos hadn’t made more than one error in a game in 411 starts. He made three errors in the 7-3 loss, becoming the first Tigers fielder to make three errors in a game since Ryan Raburn, playing third base, made three on Aug. 16, 2009.

… The Tigers entered play Saturday with a three-game homerless streak after homering in 18 of their first 19 games. The Tigers have mustered just three extra-base hits in the previous three games. They had a home run (Victor Martinez), triple (Kinsler) and two doubles (Mikie Mahtook and John Hicks) in Saturday's loss.

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