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Iglesias scratched from 'B' game with injury

Iglesias scratched from 'B' game with injury

Iglesias scratched from 'B' game with injury
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Shortstop Jose Iglesias was scheduled to participate in Sunday morning's "B" game against the Orioles, but he instead stayed back in Fort Myers due to a strained right groin.

Though the Red Sox want to get as many looks as they can at Iglesias this spring as they evaluate the shortstop competition, manager Bobby Valentine indicated that he might keep Iglesias out of the lineup through Wednesday's off-day.

Perhaps the shortstop can return for Thursday's home game against the Cardinals. Apparently, the injury has been nagging at Iglesias for nearly a week, but he didn't mention it to the trainers until Saturday.

"I have the inclination to not play him through the off-day, unless he is perfect," Valentine said. "He told me he did it in the [March 5] night game in Minnesota, [when] he first felt it. The first we heard of it was yesterday. He's a kid who has great desire. Right now, I'm not going to let him get any worse, that's for sure."

Iglesias has made a strong impression during camp. In an ideal world, the club would let him get some more at-bats at Triple-A. But Mike Aviles, who started Sunday, has yet to be anointed as the starter by Valentine. Nick Punto is seen more as a utility player.

"Real small sample defensively," said Valentine of Aviles. "He looks OK. Offensively, he looks very aggressive as advertised and can hit the ball to all parts of the field with authority."

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