Lugo doubles in debut after Iglesias hits DL

August 29th, 2018

NEW YORK -- Prior to Thursday night's series opener against the Yankees, the Tigers placed shortstop on the 10-day disabled list with a lower abdominal strain and recalled infielder from Triple-A Toledo.

Lugo doubled for his first Major League hit leading off the sixth inning in an 8-7 win at Yankee Stadium.

Iglesias was removed from Wednesday's game against the Royals in the fourth inning after aggravating the injury that he said had been bothering him for a couple of days. He had an MRI in New York on Thursday afternoon, but he was placed on the DL before manager Ron Gardenhire received the results.

"He's pretty sore, so 10 days," Gardenhire said. "Hopefully it'll only be that. Hopefully it's not something a little more severe."

Although Iglesias will be down for at least the next 10 days, the Tigers now have to wait for the MRI results to see if Iglesias -- who is second on the team in RBIs (48), hits (116) and doubles (31) -- will be out longer than the required period.

Lugo, ranked as the club's No. 14 prospect by MLB Pipeline, has been in the Tigers' farm system since being acquired as part of the J.D. Martinez trade with the D-backs in July 2017.

"We'll get him out there and see what he can do, and see how he matches up against the Yankees," Gardenhire said. "That'll be a big enough playing field for him. He's excited, I know that. We had him up here early and really didn't get him much action. It'll be good to see him play."

The 23-year-old Lugo slashed .269/.283/.350 with 26 doubles and 59 RBIs in 123 games for the Mud Hens this year, splitting the majority of his defensive time in August between second and third base.

"You know what, everybody thought he was going to be a third baseman, so we're kind of putting him in the middle of the field and I'm sure it's a work in progress," Gardenhire said. "He's a young player, but the plan was to get him up here and take a look at him."

September callups

Gardenhire said the plan was to bring up two position players -- including Lugo -- when the rosters expand. Now that Lugo has already joined the big league club, an outfielder will serve as the only other additional position player to be called up, along with a handful of pitchers. Gardenhire was reluctant to list names of specific players expected to be getting the call, as he doesn't want to mess too much with Toledo in the middle of its playoff run.

"The guys we're going to bring up here are going to be playing," Gardenhire said. "They're going to be playing a lot, pretty much the whole time. That's going to leave me with a bench that I can move other people around and give them breaks when you need them. But you would still like to have a couple extra bodies. Would be nice. But we'll have plenty of pitching."