Inge expects to play full games by camp's end
Brandon Inge most likely isn’t going to be at 100 percent strength when Spring Training opens next month. He might not even be able to play much when Spring Training games begin at the start of March.
“Even if I am, I don’t think they would let me start playing games right away,” Inge said.
If he keeps on this rehab track, though, he should be fully ready by the end of camp.
“The initial projection was that I’m playing in full games by the last two weeks of spring,” Inge said. “And I talked to the doctor today, and he said it looks like I’m ahead of schedule.”
That schedule now has him cleared to start doing baseball activities, which is huge news for Inge.
The All-Star third baseman underwent surgery in October to repair torn meniscus in both knees, injuries which hobbled him for the season’s second half and turned a promising start into a helpless finish. The recovery process has been excruciating for him.
A year ago at this time, Inge was working on a revamped swing with hitting coach Lloyd McClendon, making the adjustments that set up that fast start. Not only has he not been able to swing, he hasn’t been able to run.
Only now has he been able to do light jogging.
Right after the surgery, Inge said, “I had braces from my ankles all the way up to my thighs. It was two weeks of hell, that’s for sure. And to be able to at least walk around and jog around and do some baseball activities now, that’s exciting.”
The Tigers will be more excited once he’s able to play full games. That’ll be his last hurdle to being ready for Opening Day.