The Detroit Tigers have placed second baseman Omar Infante on the 15-day DL with a left ankle sprain. The Tigers tweeted the news a few hours before their Tuesday night game against the Chicago White Sox.
The #Tigers have placed Omar Infante on the 15-day DL retro to 7/4 with a left ankle sprain.
— #BackBenoit (@tigers) July 9, 2013
Infante left last Wednesday's game with a shin injury after Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus slid into his left leg and has not played since. The injury was obviously more serious than the Tigers initially thought, given the long delay between the incident and this move. With the move backdated, Infante will be eligible to return the weekend after the All-Star game so he may not miss more than another week's worth of games.
Hernan Perez has been called up from Double-A Erie to take Infante's place. He will make his first start at second base straight away. Ramon Santiago had been the beneficiary of extra playing time with Infante out, starting all five games at second, but he is hitting just .162/.235/.257 in 84 PA this year. Perez has been affiliated with the Tigers for over five years but is still just 22 and has only two major league at-bats, both coming in June of last year. He has shown some decent speed in the minors, stealing 24 bases in 86 games.
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