Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias has confirmed that the mystery pain in his legs that has plagued him for the last year is a double stress fracture.
Scans confirmed that fractures exist in both of his shins meaning Iglesias, who was acquired from the Boston Red Sox in July, will start the season on the DL list. But the shortstop says he "absolutely" expects to play a part in the Tigers' season.
Iglesias was sounded out as a potential Gold Glove infielder this season but admitted he had been feeling pain in both of his shins last season.
"I was able to play through it last year, but that's not going to happen this year," he told reporters. "That's why it doesn't get better."
The Tigers confirmed he will be placed on the on the disabled list for the start of the season and will see Thomas Clanton, a foot and ankle specialist, of the Steadman Clinic on Tuesday.
"I'll get a better idea when I see the doctor in Colorado," Iglesias said. "But for now, my goal is to get healthy, get rid of this, because the pain is really bad. I just want to get rid of it and come back 100 percent."
"I've been doing every kind of treatment, but the pain is still really high," he said. "It makes sense now because it's a fracture. It's not going to go down until the fracture is better."
Despite the obvious inconvenience of his injury, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus says he is not going to dwell on the time Iglesias might miss in his recovery.
"You learn, as a player, you can't control it. You take the 25 players that are starting the season and try to find a way to win on a daily basis," he said, according to the Detroit Free Press. "You don't bury your face in your hands, crying about what could have been. It's counterproductive."
Free agent Stephen Drew could be considered as a results of Iglesias' injury as the Tigers have no clear replacement for him currently on the roster. Drew hit .253 with 13 homers and 67 RBIs in 124 games with Boston last season and remains unsigned after declining a $14.1m qualifying offer from the Red Sox.