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Trade helps Tigers fill shortstop void

– 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.

The AL Central champions dealt for Romine a day after they learned Iglesias could miss the season because of stress fractures in both legs.

“We talked about having a shortstop you can catch the ball and run a little bit,” 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-hander hitters, and manager Brad Ausmus said he would likely go with a platoon arrangement.

Former Gold Glove shortstop Omar Vizuel, now 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.

Tigers lose reliever

Detroit reliever Bruce Rondon needs surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right elbow and will be sidelined for the entire season.

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

Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski said Rondon was examined Wednesday by Dr. James Andrews, and an MRI revealed the tear. Dombrowski said the 23-year-old will have surgery next week.

Rondon becomes the latest pitcher hurt during spring training and headed to Tommy John surgery, after Atlanta’s Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy, and Oakland’s Jarrod Parker, a former Norwell star.

Rondon was 1-2 with a 3.45 ERA as a rookie last year, striking out 30 in 28 2/3 innings, and he had a 1.29 ERA in seven spring training games this year.

Latos not ready

Cincinnati manager Bryan Price doesn’t expect right-hander Mat Latos to be ready for the start of the season.

Latos, a former Wizards and TinCaps pitcher, had surgery to repair cartilage in his left knee Feb. 14, the day that pitchers and catchers reported for spring training. He is scheduled to pitch in a minor league game Monday, a week before the opener. Although his knee is fine, he won’t have enough time to get for the first week of the season.

The Reds will open the season without closer Aroldis Chapman, who was hit in the head by a line drive and had surgery Thursday to have a plate installed above his left eye to help fractures heal. Relievers Jonathan Broxton and Sean Marshall won’t be ready for opening day, either.

Indians end talks

Pitcher Justin Masterson and the Indians suspended contract talks to focus on preparation for the regular season.

Cleveland general manager Chris Antonetti said he spoke with Masterson about the talks. The sides may talk about at a new deal at later unspecified time.

Masterson is eligible for free agency after the season.

Infielder in hospital

Philadelphia reserve infielder Freddy Galvis has been hospitalized with a staph infection and is being tested for a potentially deadly strain of the bacteria.

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Galvis is being treated with antibiotics, both orally and through an IV. He is being checked for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus , a staph bacteria resistant to many antibiotics.

Galvis, 24, cut his left knee this month in a Grapefruit League game. He had to have an abscess removed from the wound this week and complications arose when an infection was detected.

Darvish scratched

Texas ace Yu Darvish was scratched from his minor league start because of a stiff neck.

Darvish was to throw 90-100 pitches Friday, while Tanner Scheppers, who is auditioning for a rotation spot, was to start against Milwaukee.

Darvish said the discomfort began two nights ago when he slept wrong.

Darvish thinks he should be fine to make his final spring training start Wednesday and be ready for the March 31 season opener.

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