Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias out 4 to 6 months

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VIERA, Fla. -- Jose Iglesias will be out four to six months because of stress fractures in both legs.

The Detroit Tigers shortstop was examined by Dr. Thomas Clanton, a foot and ankle specialist on Tuesday, and is scheduled to be reevaluated in four months.

Speaking before the Tigers played the Washington Nationals in Viera on Thursday, general manager Dave Dombrowski indicated the team is preparing to play the season without Iglesias.

"(He could) perhaps be back later in the year, but in my thought process that's more unlikely than likely at this point,"

Iglesias will be relegated to non-weight bearing exercises and upper-body conditioning for four to six months. He is also undergoing more tests to help determine why the stress fractures did not heal during the offseason.

The smooth-fielding Iglesias hit .303 for Boston and Detroit last season. The Tigers acquired him last July from the Red Sox in a three-team trade shortly before shortstop Jhonny Peralta was suspended. The Tigers did not resign Peralta this off-season.

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