Iglesias makes first start of season for Sox

Iglesias makes first start of season for Sox
August 29, 2012, 3:25 am
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ANAHEIM -- Jose Iglesias made his first start of the season Tuesday night, inserted into the lineup after being called up from Pawtucket last week.

Manager Bobby Valentine wouldn't commit to how often he might play Iglesias the rest of the way. Valentine has two others -- Mike Aviles and Pedro Ciriaco -- in the roster who can also play the position.

"It's a difficult situation," said Valentine of the glut of shortstop candidates.

Regardless of how often he sees the field, Iglesias was appreciative of the playing time.

"It's a great opportunity to be here with the team," he said, "and try to help in any way I can."

Iglesias was on a good run at Pawtucket before his promotion, hitting .329 (24-for-73) in August. Overall, Iglesias was hitting .266 for the season with a homer and 23 RBI in 88 games.

"There's no doubt I feel pretty good at the plate," said Iglesias. "I feel very happy about this year. I'm seeing the ball, recognizing (pitches) and driving the ball (better). I think I did a pretty good job this year. I haven't changed anything; I'm just trying to be healthy, playing the game and trying to learn something every day."

Iglesias was in the running to make the team in the spring until he went into an offensive dip. But he's gained in confidence since then and enjoyed more success.

"It's a big difference," he said. "I feel pretty comfortable at the plate and I was happy with my approach. Personally, I feel a lot better."

One thing that's restricted Iglesias's progress has been a series of nagging injuries. In 2010, he broke his hand. Last year, he was hit in the head. This season, he missed about a month with a back condition.

"I was pretty disappointed to get hurt (again),'' he said. "I missed about a month when I was getting hot at the plate. But I can't control that, either. I just tried to get back (into the lineup) as fast as possible."