KANSAS CITY -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland weighed whether to play Ramon Santiago or Jose Iglesias at shortstop on Saturday night against the Royals and decided to go with Santiago. Iglesias hasn't played since Wednesday, when he left a game against the Red Sox early because of shin splints in both legs.
"[Iglesias] could play today, but I'm going to give him another day," Leyland said.
Santiago had an early RBI double on Friday that helped jumpstart a Detroit offense, which had a pair of five-run innings.
Counting the off-day on Thursday, Iglesias will have a three-day break to deal with the shin splint discomfort.
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