Longoria injured, shuffle at 3B in AL
In case you missed it, AL All-Star starting third baseman Evan Longoria is out of tonight’s game with an infected right ring finger. Rangers third baseman Michael Young, who made the team ahead of Brandon Inge on the players ballot, will start at third in Longoria’s place.
Does this ensure Brandon Inge will play in the All-Star Game, giving him another All-Star memory after going homerless in the Derby? Not sure yet, but it certainly increases his chances. Another third baseman, Chone Figgins, was added to the roster in Longoria’s place and will be here tonight, but he also presumably has been on rest since Sunday. Not that one day of rest is a big deal of anything.
There was some buzz Monday about the American League had three catchers, even though they only have Joe Mauer and Victor Martinez, but I don’t think that means Inge is going to catch unless in a real emergency/injury situation. But that’s one example of where Inge’s utility could work against him, since he could be saved for late and used in any one of many positions.