NEW YORK -- Jose Iglesias was not available to play on Saturday against the Mets, Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. The shortstop was hit just above the left elbow in the ninth inning by Mets pitcher David Aardsma on Friday night and the aftermath lingered.
"He's sore, he can't bend his arm," Leyland said. "Hopefully he'll be OK by tomorrow, possibly -- but if we have to rest him until we get home, that's fine."
Leyland also said there was swelling on Friday night.
Iglesias went 0-for-3 on Friday night, but the 23-year-old has been hitting well of late. He's hitting .455 with two doubles, an RBI and three runs in his last seven games. Iglesias, who the Tigers acquired in a deal with the Red Sox at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, leads American League rookies with a .319 batting average with both Boston and Detroit this season.
Ramon Santiago started at shortstop in Iglesias' place on Saturday.
Chris Iseman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.