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.
Bengals sign backup: The Bengals have signed quarterback Jason Campbell to be Andy Dalton's backup, a move that brings the franchise full-circle in several ways.
Campbell has played for Washington, Oakland, Chicago and Cleveland. He started eight of the Browns' last nine games last season.
The nine-year veteran was the starter in Oakland in 2010 and 2011, when he broke his collarbone midway through the season.
Lewan charged: Authorities in Ann Arbor say NFL prospect and former Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan has been charged with assault and battery, stemming from a confrontation with two Ohio State fans after the Buckeyes beat the Wolverines.
Lewan is scheduled for an April 8 arraignment on one count of aggravated assault and two counts assault and battery.
Receives extension: Ball State coach Pete Lembo has received a five-year contract extension and raise that puts him among the highest paid coaches in the Mid-American Conference.
Lembo is 25-13 in three seasons with Ball State, and was 10-3 last year. The Cardinals were 6-18 to two seasons before Lembo was hired.
Durant leads Thunder: Kevin Durant scored 35 points, finding his shooting touch after a rough start, and Serge Ibaka had 16 as the Oklahoma City Thunder held off a furious Cleveland comeback for a 102-95 win over the injury-riddled Cavaliers on Thursday night.
Dion Waiters scored 30 for the Cavs. Down 95-71 with 6:34 left, Cleveland used a 21-2 run to pull within 97-92 with 1:22 left. But Durant came off the bench and made five free throws in the final 33 seconds
Bzdelik resigns: Wake Forest says Jeff Bzdelik has resigned as its basketball coach.
Athletic director Ron Wellman made the announcement Thursday.
The 61-year-old Bzdelik was 51-76 in four mostly disappointing seasons with a 17-51 record in Atlantic Coast Conference play.
Red Wings win: Daniel Alfredsson scored his second goal of the game with 1 second left in overtime to give the Detroit Red Wings a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night.
Alfredsson's shot went off Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and appeared to be knocked into the net by Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi, who scored into his own net earlier in the game. The goal stood after video review.
Blue Jackets victorious: Ryan Johansen scored late in the third period to give Columbus a victory that snapped Montreal's three-game winning streak.
Derek MacKenzie and Brandon Dubinsky also scored for Columbus. Sergei Bobrovsky, the reigning Vezina Trophy winner, made 25 saves while starting the Blue Jackets' 16th straight game and 23rd in the last 24.