Inge sent to West Michigan on rehab

UPDATE: The Tigers announced just before the day game that Inge is heading out on a rehab assignment to Class A West Michigan, starting tonight. Sounds like he could be back before next week.

While the Tigers were on the road, Brandon Inge was apparently working ahead of schedule on rehabbing his broken hand. He took batting practice on Monday on his own and again Tuesday morning with the team, and he now says he would like to be back next week. He’d be shocked, he said, if he isn’t back by the time the Tigers go to Chicago for the start of their next road trip in a week and a half.

“Grip strength is good,” Inge said. “It really healed faster than I thought it would.”
That doesn’t mean he’s pain-free, but it’s not miserable pain. The one thing Inge wanted to know, he said, was if coming back early would leave the bone in his hand any more vulnerable to breaking again. Team doctors told him it wouldn’t, so he’s pushing it.
Inge has been out for two weeks since taking a pitch off his hand against the Rangers. When the injury occurred, the initial timetable for a return was 4-6 weeks. Inge said even then that he was aiming for a return in three weeks if it was at all possible.

2 Comments

Hey now, don’t push yourself too hard Brandon! Let it heal so that you’re swinging pain-free. Don’t try to be a hero and come back early only to suffer through pain for the rest of the year like you did with your knees. It will make matters worse.

Inge struck out looking on 3 straight pitches his first at-bat, but when the ump refused to ring up the big-leaguer slumming in Single A ball against a pitcher making his first ever minor league start, Inge got an extra strike and made good on it. Inge got another hit before being easily struck out by the Dodgers Single A pitchers his next 2 at-bats.

Hurry back, Inge. You still have a chance to break the all-time record for strikeouts by a Tiger player (currently held by Sweet Lou).

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