Inge could rest a little more early in season

Brandon Inge might’ve had one of his first highlight plays of the spring when he went to the dirt to stop Ramiro Pena’s sharp grounder and then throw him out at first. He got up from it fine, but Leyland says highlight plays don’t worry him.

“I think I am concerned more about playing a lot right off the bat [in] cold weather, damp weather, rain delays. I’m more concerned about that than I am about any particular play.” Leyland said.

He’ll take that into account, he said, when he’s making out his lineup cards in April.

“He’s bullheaded, like he always is, and that’s one of the reasons he’s good,” Leyland said. “But I’m also going to watch it, because I can see from time to time. If you really watch close, you can tell it’s not just right, if you really watch close. But it’s good, and he’ll be ready to go. And I don’t want him to start thinking, because he’s swinging good right now. Obviously he’s not going to be a part-time player, but I’ll just use common sense. … He’s not going to want it, but I’m going to do it.”

Asked who his next-best defensive third baseman is, Leyland said, “Probably Belliard, Rafael Belliard.”

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