By: Will Burchfield

For the Tigers, a tough Spring Training just got tougher.

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Shortstop Jose Iglesias left Tuesday’s game with a neck injury after sliding headfirst into the leg of Phillies catcher Ryan Hannigan during a play at the plate.

Iglesias, who was attempting to score from second on a single, was later diagnosed with a neck contusion. He is considered day to day.

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Spring Training hasn’t been kind to the Tigers. They’ve lost six straight games and their pitching has been abysmal. Detroit has surrendered 53 runs – nearly nine per game – during the aforementioned skid.

Even coolheaded manager Brad Ausmus is showing signs of frustration.

But in regard to Iglesias, the Tigers can breathe a sigh of relief. A dangerous play with potentially dire ramifications left their starting shortstop relatively unscathed.

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And in March, health matters more than results.