Tigers to make disabled-list decision on shortstop; K-Rod accepts blame for loss
By J. Scott Butherus
Special to MLB.com |
ST. PETERSBURG -- Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias was held out of Thursday's series finale against the Rays as team doctors continued to monitor him for concussion-like symptoms. Iglesias has not been diagnosed with a concussion, but he did not make the ride on the team bus following Wednesday night's game after feeling woozy.
Iglesias was injured on the final play of the game attempting to turn an inning-ending double play after receiving a throw from second baseman Ian Kinsler.
"[Kinsler's] ball was a little to the inside, so I think Iggy was trying to reach and hit [the bag] at the same time, and he just hit the base awkwardly," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said.
While laying on the ground in front of second base, Iglesias was struck in the side of the head by incoming runner Brad Miller's knee. Iglesias still attempted to get the relay off to first, but his throw sailed wide of Miguel Cabrera at first, allowing the go-ahead runs to score.
"I don't know what happened. It was a tough play and we were trying to turn it fast," Kinsler said. "It didn't work out."
Ausmus doubts that if Iglesias had held onto the ball, it would have affected the outcome.
"The instinct is to try and get the out, and I don't know if he holds the ball and gets hit by the runner that he'd be able to throw the ball home anyway," Ausmus said.
The Tigers will have until Thursday night to decide whether to place Iglesias on the 7-day concussion disabled list or 10-day DL.
• The Tigers handed Francisco Rodriguez a one-run lead in the bottom of the ninth. Through a series of unfortunate events, Rodriguez ended up with the blown save and the loss.
Rodriguez still took responsibility for the outcome. He walked leadoff hitter Kevin Kiermaier and allowed a double by Evan Longoria to put the winning run on board. After striking out Steven Souza Jr., Rodriguez looked like he was going to get out of the jam with a game-ending double play. Although he wasn't involved in the broken play, Rodriguez still blamed himself.
"It's on me. I have to pitch better," Rodriguez said. "I thought I made the right pitches, but luck wasn't on my side. At the end of the day, I didn't get the job done and we lost the game because of that."
• Not only has the white dome of Tropicana Field caused headaches for Tigers defenders, the fans have caused some problems as well. During Wednesday night's game, Kinsler broke off pursuit of a fly ball into shallow right field after hearing what he thought at the time was one of his outfielders calling him off.
"It was a play that I didn't have time to see where my outfielders were at and I had to go pretty hard after the ball," Kinsler said. "I had a beat on it. I could have caught it easily, but right at the right time I heard someone from the stands yell 'ball' or 'got it' or something, and my job is to get out of there when I hear that."
The ball ended up dropping untouched in between three fielders.
"The acoustics helped, considering there's not a huge number of people in the stands," Ausmus said.
Ausmus shrugged it off as another "home-field advantage" for Tampa Bay.
"It's fair game for the fan," Ausmus said. "I'm not blaming the fan. He's within his rights to do that. We have to make the adjustments. Most of the time, when it's a decent-sized crowd, it's all white noise, and all that noise mixes together and nothing really stands out."
J. Scott Butherus is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.