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The Tigers were originally hoping they could get Omar Infante back from the 15-day disabled list coming out of the All-Star break. Instead, he remained in Florida on Friday doing rehab work on his sprained left ankle according to Jason Beck of MLB.com.
"He's not ready," manager Jim Leyland said, "and I have no idea when."
Head athletic trainer Kevin Rand is working on Infante's return, but no timetable has been set. Infante rejoined the Tigers on Saturday, but only for a re-evaluation on his ankle. He's expected to miss tomorrow as well, which is a game in which Detroit are looking to avoid being swept.
The Royals are only six games back of the first place Tigers; 4½ back of the second place Cleveland Indians.
Rand said Infante has been running at half-speed and fielding ground balls side to side, and he began taking full batting practice on Thursday. Infante has been making progress, but will need to run at full speed to be ready for a rehab assignment.
"We have to evaluate him first," Rand said. "Once he's full-go, then he'll go out on a rehab assignment. He's not full-go yet."
Leyland said he "pretty much knew Sunday [Infante] wasn't going to be ready" coming out of the break.
Ramon Santiago started at second base for the Tigers on Friday night. Hernan Perez, called up when Infante went on the DL retroactive to July 4, remains on the big club.
A model of consistency, Infante is hitting a solid .309 this year as the Tigers' second baseman. Infante was put on the disabled list July 9th, retroactive to July 4th. He was hit hard by the Blue Jays' Colby Rasmus, who was sliding into second base on July 3rd in Toronto.
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