Watch Victor Martinez’s son, Victor Martinez, take batting practice at Comerica Park before the Tigers’ game against the Royals on July 26, 2017.
Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press
Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias sat quietly in his corner of the clubhouse today, casually scrolling through his phone as a few reporters approached.
Iglesias was quizzically not in the starting lineup coming on the heels of Thursday’s off day. Dixon Machado started instead.
“Just as surprised,” Iglesias said, as he kept scrolling through his phone. Was he looking up trade rumors? Was he playing “Candy Crush?” It was hard to tell.
Iglesias, the subject of trade rumors recently, said he had not heard of anything imminent regarding his future, though he concede that his agent and Tigers general manager Al Avila had spoken.
A few minutes later, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus met with reporters and played down any trade drama involving Iglesias.
“Just Machado hasn’t played,” Ausmus said. “There’s no situation.”
Ausmus also said even with an admittedly small sample size — Iglesias is 1-for-7 against Houston Astros starter Dallas Keuchel — it was a chance to give Iglesias a break: “Just the best game to give Iggy off and also get Machie in the game.”
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Maybe nothing was cooking on Iglesias. But calm but quiet demeanor is indicative of the somber mood of a struggling team that’s perhaps on the verge of a break up shortly before Monday’s trade deadline.
“Um — quiet,” Andrew Romine said of the clubhouse mood. “Quiet. I think guys are anxiously awaiting to see what happens, mostly because we don’t…