October 22nd, 2009

Inge to have surgery on both knees

Just got confirmation from the Tigers, who say Inge will have surgery on both knees, which Inge did not confirm Wednesday night. He’s still expected to be ready for the start of spring training. Team physician Dr. Stephen Lemos will perform the surgery Nov. 3 at Detroit Medical Center.

Brandon Inge to have knee surgery

Jason Beck / MLB.com

Brandon Inge will undergo surgery on his left knee to repair the damage inflicted this summer that hobbled him the last few months.

Inge confirmed the surgery to MLB.com via text message Wednesday evening, adding it was scheduled for the end of October or early November. No official announcement has been made.

The timing should give Inge enough recovery and rehab time to be ready for Spring Training.

An examination since season’s end apparently revealed enough damage in Inge’s left knee to prompt doctors to recommend surgery. Team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said two weeks ago that they hadn’t yet determined whether Inge would need surgery, but that there was the possibility he could recover without it. That was apparently before doctors took another look.

“I think it’s more a matter of looking at what they have on MRI and X-rays and examining those,” Dombrowski said two weeks ago, “and they’ll have a feel of where he is now compared with where he was before.”

The surgery isn’t a complete surprise; Inge openly wondered about the possibility last month. At the time, he said his knee felt worse at times down the stretch than it did over the summer. When Inge made diving stop on two occasions in September, he said it was the worst his knee had felt in a while.

Plus, if the rehab option hadn’t progressed as hoped, Inge could’ve ended up needing surgery anyway.