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Iglesias is day to day with bruised right hand

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DETROIT -- Just when the Tigers crept a step closer to full health with the return of second baseman Ian Kinsler, they lost the other end of their double-play duo when shortstop Jose Iglesias bruised his right hand on a bizarre play in Friday night's 8-3 win over the Royals.

X-rays were negative, the Tigers announced, and Iglesias is considered day to day.

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DETROIT -- Just when the Tigers crept a step closer to full health with the return of second baseman Ian Kinsler, they lost the other end of their double-play duo when shortstop Jose Iglesias bruised his right hand on a bizarre play in Friday night's 8-3 win over the Royals.

X-rays were negative, the Tigers announced, and Iglesias is considered day to day.

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"No fracture," manager Brad Ausmus said. "Just a contusion."

Iglesias led off the sixth inning with a ground ball to third, fielded by Cheslor Cuthbert. The throw to first went wide of Eric Hosmer as Iglesias ran down the line. The ball ended up closer to Iglesias than Hosmer, hitting Iglesias on his right hand as he neared the bag.

Iglesias felt it immediately and started shaking his hand as head athletic trainer Kevin Rand ran out to check on him. Iglesias stayed in the game and scored on Victor Martinez's bases-loaded walk, but Andrew Romine took over at shortstop to begin the seventh inning.

Video: KC@DET: V-Mart scores Iglesias on a walk

Iglesias has taken on a heavy workload during the Tigers' stretch run, playing in 21 of the last 22 games. He played every inning in both games of Thursday's doubleheader sweep at Minnesota, helping to fill the void at the top of the lineup while Kinsler was out with concussion symptoms.

Iglesias, who went 1-for-3 on Friday, is batting .248 with four home runs and 30 RBIs in a career-high 129 games.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast.

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