9/8/2013 1:53 P.M. ET
Veras making big impression on Tigers
By Robert Falkoff / Special to MLB.com
KANSAS CITY -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland likes what he has seen of Jose Veras since Detroit acquired the veteran right-hander from the Astros on July 29.
Entering Sunday, Veras had appeared in 17 games for the Tigers and carried a 2.81 earned run average with opponents hitting .193 against him. Veras had 11 strikeouts and six walks over 16 innings.
"He has done a good job," Leyland said. "He's a veteran guy who has a little bit of action to his delivery that is probably deceiving to the hitter. He has done fine. He's very professional, doesn't say much. He just goes about his business."
Castellanos to start Monday against White Sox
KANSAS CITY -- After making his first Major League start on Saturday, Nick Castellanos will get another opportunity to make an impression on Monday against the White Sox. Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he plans to start Castellanos in left field against Chicago left-hander Chris Sale.
Castellanos went 1-for-2 in his starting debut against the Royals. He hit one ball hard that was turned into an out and then beat out a slow roller to the right side.
"He looks very confident in the batter's box," Leyland said. "Whether that's going to mean instant results, I don't know about that. Some guys come up here and tear it up right away. Then [the pitchers] figure it out and they have to readjust.
"Other guys struggle at the start and then catch up with the speed of the game up here. So, you never know how it's going to play out. But I do think, in the little bit I've seen of him, that at some point Nick Castellanos is going to be a good big league hitter. Let the kid get out there and play."
Iglesias returns to action after two games off
KANSAS CITY -- Shortstop Jose Iglesias returned to the Tigers' lineup on Sunday after missing the opening two games of the weekend series against the Royals with shin splints in both legs.
He made his presence count right away with a two-run homer that put the Tigers on the board in the third inning.
Counting the off-day on Thursday, Iglesias had a three-day break since leaving early in Wednesday's game against the Red Sox because of shin splint soreness.
Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.