Iglesias' shin injury draws sympathy from Farrell

Iglesias' shin injury draws sympathy from Farrell
March 16, 2014, 1:45 pm
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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Former Red Sox infielder Jose Iglesias will miss significant time with the Detroit Tigers this season because of shin splints, and John Farrell couldn't help but feel badly about the news.
"I feel sorry for the kid," said Farrell, who managed Iglesias for half the season last year before the Sox dealt him in a three-way trade last July 30. "He's an exciting player. Anytime you see a player have to deal with an injury and is going to miss time, you hate to see it because he's fun to watch. He was a great kid to have on the team, fun to be around. Unfortunately, he's going to miss what looks to be kind of a substantial amount of time."
Farrell said the Sox were "aware (the shins were an issue) to the extent we had to monitor. We had to get him off his feet because he felt some pain and soreness there."
Farrell was asked to compare Iglesias with shortstop prospect Deven Marrero, who is also highly regarded on the defensive side.
"They go about it a little bit differently," said Farrell, "but no less effective on Deven's part. Deven Marrero has looked spectacular at shortstop if you ask me. The plays where he's ranged deep up the middle, plays where he's gone to his backhand...He's looked very good at shortstop.
"In some ways, I think they're very comparable when you look at their defensive ability. Iggy had a little bit more of a flair to him. Not in a bad way, but a flair that was his personality at shortstop. You appreciate that. But I think (Marrero) has equal defensive capability."