Worth getting some starts with Iglesias out

Worth getting some starts with Iglesias out

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- No, the Tigers haven't forgotten about Danny Worth. For the next few days, it's certainly going to be tough to miss him.

Worth went from oft-used utility infielder last Spring Training to the final cut of camp, then was mired at Triple-A Toledo while Hernan Perez picked up playing time in Detroit filling in for Omar Infante. By year's end, he not only was taken off the 40-man roster, but cleared waivers.

The Tigers' offseason acquisition of Steve Lombardozzi seemingly all but eliminated Worth's chances of making the team out of camp this year, too. With shortstop Jose Iglesias down for most of this coming week with shin splints, though, Worth is getting more starts.

Worth started at third base Sunday against the Braves to give Nick Castellanos a well-deserved day off. Worth will start at shortstop on Monday against the Cardinals.

"Good hands, good fielder," manager Brad Ausmus said. "I talked with [bench coach] Gene Lamont and [former manager] Jim Leyland. They both like him. He's a good option if something should happen to an infielder. He can play anywhere in the infield."

Worth went 1-for-3 Sunday, making him one of four Tigers with double-digit at-bats so far this spring.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.