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Jose Iglesias: Shin problem cropped up while trying to make 2013 Red Sox

03.17.14 at 1:27 pm ET
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FORT MYERS, Fla. ‘€“ After revealing that he has stress fractures in both of his shins, Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias told MLB.com and the Detroit Free-Press that it was an issue he had dealt with since the beginning of the 2013 spring training.

‘€œI just feel it from the very first moment of spring training (last year),’€ Iglesias said. ‘€œI just told myself to play through it, because I never expected something like that. I just feel pain, but Stephen Drew had a concussion at the time and that was an opportunity for me to start with the team. And I was like, ‘€˜You know what, you’€™ve got to play through it.’€™ And I did.

‘€œWe didn’€™t know what it was, but I played through it all year long.’€

Iglesias totaled 68 spring training at-bats with the Red Sox last season, hitting .294 with a .765 OPS. Because of Drew’€™s concussion, the 24-year-old served as the Sox’€™ Opening Day starter.

‘€œLast year, I played through the pain all year long,’€ Iglesias said. ‘€œSometimes [Red Sox manager John] Farrell had to give me some days, the same as [former Tigers manager] Jim Leyland here. He had to give me some days or take me out of the game because the pain was so bad. And I was like, ‘€˜Man, I don’€™t know what to do to get rid of it.’€™ And I never found out until right now that it was a fracture.’€

Iglesias, who will be visiting specialist Dr. Thomas Clanton in Colorado to determine how the injury will be treated, said he is expecting to play at some point during the 2014 season.

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