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Dan Schlossberg’s Weekend Notebook: Injury Wave Whips Tigers, Reds

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LAKELAND, FL – Jose Iglesias had been looking forward to his first full season in the major leagues. So had Bruce Rondon. Now the Detroit Tigers are likely to lose both for the entire season.

Iglesias, the slick-fielding shortstop who became expendable in Boston when Stephen Drew displayed a better bat, has stress fractures on both leagues that need ample rest to recover.

Jose Iglesias is out for the year

Jose Iglesias is out for the year

Rondon, a hefty closer type who reaches triple digits in velocity, is the latest big-leaguer shuffling off to the surgical wards where his elbow will receive a ligament replacement. The promising Venezuelan joins Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy, both of the Atlanta Braves, and Jarrod Parker of the Oakland Athletics as potent pitchers put out of action by barking elbows. Both Medlen and Parker were expected to start on Opening Day.

By contrast, Aroldis Chapman is lucky: he’ll pitch this season. The hard-throwing Cincinnati closer should return before Memorial Day following surgical repair of multiple facial fractures — the result of a line drive that struck him flush in the face. The Cuban refugee, who just might be the hardest thrower on the planet, will still have to live with the memory and the fear every time he takes the hill.

Aroldis Chapman won't be throwing bullets anytime soon

Aroldis Chapman won’t be throwing bullets anytime soon

Herb Score was felled by a Gil McDougald liner in 1957

Herb Score was felled by a Gil McDougald liner in 1957

Not every pitcher succeeds. Herb Score was a promising strikeout artist for the Cleveland Indians when he was struck in the eye by a Gil McDougald liner in a game against the New York Yankees at Cleveland Municipal Stadium in the first inning of a game on May 7, 1957.

After winning back-to-back American League strikeout crowns in 1955-56, Score went 19-27 over six seasons after the incident. Once considered a lefthanded clone of Bob Feller (and signed by the same scout), Score made his mark in baseball as a baseball broadcaster in Cleveland.

Other baseball notes:

The Arizona Diamondbacks may never get higher this season than they were when they climbed the Sydney Harbor bridge in Australia before opening their two-game, season-opening series against the Los Angeles Dodgers . . .

Veteran broadcaster Milo Hamilton, who called Hank Aaron’s 715th home run for Atlanta radio station WSB, will come out of retirement briefly to emcee ceremonies honoring Derek Jeter when the Yankees open their season in Houston. He will also preside over the ceremonies honoring Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman when the Astros honor them later in their opening homestand . . .

D'backs in Sydney -- what a high !

D’backs in Sydney — what a high !

Pete Van Wieren, who succeeded Hamilton as Voice of the Braves in 1976, says he may emerge from retirement briefly to attend Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies for Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Bobby Cox . . .

Would Yankees fans have revolted if Joe Torre chose a Braves hat for his Hall of Fame bust? Torre broke in with the Milwaukee Braves, had a 36-homer season for the Atlanta Braves, and won a division title with the 1982 Braves . . .

San Francisco star never won a Cy Young but had a Hall of Fame career

San Francisco star never won a Cy Young but had a Hall of Fame career

Eight-time author John Rosengren did a sensational job in his new book, The Fight of Their Lives. It’s an in-depth look at the August 1965 fracas started when Giants pitcher Juan Marichal attacked Dodgers catcher John Roseboro with a bat.

Marichal (27) goes after Roseboro while Sandy Koufax tries to play peacemaker

Marichal (27) goes after Roseboro while Sandy Koufax tries to play peacemaker

Marichal, whose high-kicking windup earned his Dominican Dandy nickname, went on to Cooperstown and the Commissioner’s job in the Dominican Winter League. He also befriended Roseboro, turning tragedy into triumph.

The hardcover, vastly different than Rosengren’s hefty Hank Greenberg tome last year, is a perfect way to begin the new baseball book season.

About Dan Schlossberg

Former AP sportswriter Dan Schlossberg of Fair Lawn, NJ has produced 35 baseball books, including autobiographies of Ron Blomberg, Al Clark, and Milo Hamilton. Also a broadcaster, he is the host and executive producer of Braves Banter and Travel Itch Radio and a contributor to Sirius XM.

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