Sat, 15 Mar 2014 20:34:03 -0700
Updating a previous report, Detroit Tigers SS Jose Iglesias (shin) has significant injuries to both shins that are expected to keep him out at least until the All-Star break and could force him to miss most or all of the season, a source confirmed Saturday, March 15. The team has no clear replacement for Iglesias on their current roster. Utilitymen Steve Lombardozzi and Danny Worth and minor-leaguers Hernan Perez and Eugenio Suarez have been playing shortstop during Grapefruit League spring games while Iglesias has been sidelined.
Fri, 14 Mar 2014 09:28:56 -0700
Detroit Tigers SS Jose Iglesias (shins) will visit with a second specialist to figure out a fix for the stress reaction in his shins. Manager Brad Ausmus said the meeting isn't a positive sign that Iglesias will return soon. Iglesias received orthotics that added extra cushion under the feet last week, and he's since resumed workouts and taken batting practice. However, he has not done anything more than light jogging, suggesting he's not close to returning to games. Iglesias could be running out of time in order to be ready for opening day. INF Steve Lombardozzi has been playing semi-regularly at shortstop with Iglesias out the last few weeks, and he'd likely fill in if Iglesias has a day-to-day injury. If Iglesias needs to start on the disabled list, the Tigers could call up SSs Hernan Perez or Eugenio Suarez.
Fantasy Tip: Iglesias isn't highly sought after in fantasy leagues, because he's a defense-first player. This news surely will have very few folks willing to take him. If he opens on the DL, none of his replacements are worth looking into, either.
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 05:54:10 -0700
Detroit Tigers SS Jose Iglesias (shins) is still receiving treatment on his shins. Though he's taking batting practice and fielding ground balls, he's not running.
Fantasy Tip: He did a bit of running a few days ago but hasn't progressed in that department. It's getting unclear as to whether he'll start the 2014 campaign on time. If Iglesias can't go, Steve Lombardozzi or someone else may have to step in for tepid AL-only filler value.
Sun, 02 Mar 2014 00:04:46 -0800
The Detroit Tigers have agreed to terms with eight players on contracts for the 2014 season. The Tigers signed RP Melvin Mercedes, RP Bruce Rondon, SP Jose Alvarez, RP Ian Krol, C Bryan Holaday, and IF's Steve Lombardozzi, Francisco Martinez and Hernan Perez. The Tigers now have every player on their 40-man roster under contract for the 2014 season.
Tue, 03 Dec 2013 08:55:20 -0800
The Detroit Tigers traded SP Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals Monday, Dec. 2, in exchange for 2B Steve Lombardozzi, SP Ian Krol and P Robbie Ray. SP Drew Smyly will move into the rotation in Detroit to replace Fister. Ray is expected to start next year in the minor leagues. Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said dealing Fister had nothing to do with the hopes that they can sign SP Max Scherzer to a long-term contract before he becomes a free agent. Lombardozzi will serve as a utility infielder for the Tigers.
Fri, 09 Aug 2013 15:43:48 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Scott Hairston was taking groundballs at first base Friday, Aug. 9, as a way to make himself more versatile. Hairston has never played first base in his career. "Maybe it'll lengthen my career," he said. Hairston could become a right-handed option at first base next season. 2B Steve Lombardozzi was also taking grounders at first Friday with the team lacking a real righty hitting option at the position to spell 1B Adam LaRoche. LaRoche is hitting only .184 with a .552 OPS against southpaws this year. 1B Tyler Moore is 13-for-40 with four home runs in his last 10 games at Triple-A Syracuse, but manager Davey Johnson said Moore won't return to the team until September, when rosters expand.
Sat, 13 Jul 2013 12:48:23 -0700
Washington Nationals 2B Anthony Rendon is not in the starting lineup against the Miami Marlins Saturday, July 13. He had started 34 of the last 35 games since his recall June 5. INF Steve Lombardozzi is starting at second base Saturday.
Tue, 04 Jun 2013 13:08:35 -0700
The Washington Nationals placed 2B Danny Espinosa (wrist, shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, June 4, but it's unknown if it's for his shoulder or wrist. Espinosa could need to have shoulder surgery.
Fantasy Tip: This doesn't look good for Espinosa, who was fighting to overcome a wrist injury much of the season. If he needs shoulder surgery on top of it, there's a good chance he won't be back at all. You can probably drop him in all formats. Anthony Rendon was called up and should see the majority of starts at second base over Steve Lombardozzi.
Sat, 01 Jun 2013 10:46:23 -0700
Washington Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon has been promoted from Double-A Harrisburg to Triple-A Syracuse, where he'll play mostly second base.
Fantasy Tip: Danny Espinosa's struggles at second base in Washington are taking their toll. Steve Lombardozzi had been filling in with Espinosa sitting out with a wrist ailment, but Rendon clearly presents the club with the most offensive upside. However, he'll need time to transition from third to second base, so a call-up to D.C. isn't imminent. Still, you'll need to keep a close eye on his progress if you want to snag him in mixed formats when he returns to the bigs.
Fri, 24 May 2013 14:53:11 -0700
Washington Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon isn't a candidate to play second base with 2B Danny Espinosa (wrist) hurting.
Fantasy Tip: This means that Steve Lombardozzi will continue to play second base as long as Espinosa is sidelined, and that could be a decent chunk of time. It's still entirely possible that Espinosa will require a DL stint, too. Lombardozzi is an exciting bat with enough playing time, so snatch him off the wire in deep mixed leagues if you need middle infield depth.