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Detroit acquires shortstop Romine

The Detroit Tigers moved to help replace injured shortstop Jose Iglesias, acquiring Andrew Romine from the Los Angeles Angels for left-hander Jose Alvarez.

The Associated Press

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Detroit Tigers quickly moved to help replace injured shortstop Jose Iglesias, acquiring Andrew Romine from the Los Angeles Angels on Friday for left-hander Jose Alvarez.

Last year’s American League Central champions dealt for Romine a day after they learned Iglesias might miss the season because of stress fractures in both legs.

“We talked about having a shortstop (who) can catch the ball and run a little bit,” Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said. “He fits that description.”

The left-handed hitter was acquired to share time with either Hernan Perez or Danny Worth, both right-handed hitters, and manager Brad Ausmus said he would likely go with a platoon arrangement.

Former Gold Glove shortstop Omar Vizquel, an ex-Mariner who is a Detroit coach, was with the Angels last season and put in a good word on Romine.

Romine, 28, played in 47 games for the Angels last season and batted .259. He is considered a good defensive player and stole 15 bases in 89 minor-league games last year.

“It’s all a plus if you have a little speed down at the end of the lineup,” Ausmus said.

Romine made his major-league debut with the Angels in 2010 and has a .250 average in 74 career games.

Alvarez, 24, pitched in 14 games for the Tigers last season, making six starts. He was 1-5 with a 5.82 earned-run average.

Meanwhile, the Tigers revealed reliever Bruce Rondon needs surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right elbow and will be sidelined for the season.

A candidate to become the eighth-inning setup man, the 23-year-old Rondon felt discomfort Monday after pitching a scoreless inning against Washington the previous day.


• Philadelphia reserve infielder Freddy Galvis has been diagnosed with an infection caused by MRSA, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.

Galvis, 24, is hospitalized and will start the season on the disabled list. He suffered a cut on his left knee in an exhibition game and last played Sunday.

MRSA, or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a staph bacteria that can cause infections and is resistant to many antibiotics. The Phillies had their home clubhouse in Clearwater, Fla., cleaned with disinfectant Friday.

• Cincinnati’s Chris Heisey hit his sixth spring-training homer and tripled in a 9-3 victory over a Kansas City Royals split squad in Goodyear, Ariz.

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