Tigers activate Inge from disabled list

After two weeks of surviving without key bats in the lineup, the Tigers finally get somebody back. They activated Brandon Inge from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, the first day he was eligible after fracturing his left hand on July 19.
Inge is expected to be in Detroit’s starting lineup at third base Wednesday night against the White Sox at Comerica Park. Jhonny Peralta, the third baseman the Tigers acquired from Cleveland last week to fill in for Inge, could shift over to shortstop or designated hitter.
To make room for Inge on the 25-man roster, the Tigers placed infielder Danny Worth on the 15-day DL with a bruised left heel, an injury he suffered over the weekend but tried to play through.
The move brings back not only a right-handed power bat to the Tigers lineup, but also a key presence on the team. While the Tigers have frequently been starting at least three rookies every night as they try to overcome injuries to Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen, Inge is the longest-tenured Tiger on the team, dating back to 2001. 
His return comes about two weeks earlier than the initial timetable of 4-6 weeks that doctors gave him after he took a Scott Feldman pitch off his hand. Even the optimistic projections, taking into account the fact that Inge would want to be back sooner than expected, had him missing three weeks.
When team doctors checked out Inge’s hand and the fractured fifth metacarpal, however, they found no reason why he couldn’t play ball right now if he was willing to play through pain — if he had any.
“He said he had no soreness whatever,” manager Jim Leyland said Tuesday night. “It’s hard to believe, but they said originally — nobody wanted to mention anything about it — that it could be quite a bit quicker. But they didn’t want to get into that, because it’s normally what it is. But from what I understood, the doctors said it’s healed over extremely well, the calcium’s built up. He would have no more chance of hurting that bone that he would any other bone in his body, if he played.”
Once Inge received that clearance, he began taking batting practice on Monday and said he didn’t feel any pain in his hand. After another round of batting practice Tuesday morning, this time with the team, he received clearance to begin a rehab assignment with low A Class West Michigan.
Inge hit two doubles and drove in a run over his five at-bats. After that, Inge was ready to head back to Detroit.
He returns hoping to reignite the hitting tear he enjoyed in early July. He went 12-for-24 with four doubles, a triple and nine RBIs over a six-game stretch against the Mariners and Orioles before going 0-for-9 against the Twins leading into the break. He went 3-for-13 with an RBI in four games after the All-Star break before breaking his hand.
For the season, Inge is batting .263 with six homers and 40 RBIs.

6 Comments

Like him or not, the dude doesn’t dog it. It’s good news, and the first we’ve had in weeks.
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Sorry to hear about Worth. I saw him injure his heel on Friday, I think it was. It didn’t get mentioned at the time. Crossing firstbase. Good man trying to gut that out. I’m not sure he won’t be among the September call-ups at this point. Guillen returns and there may be a waiver deal too. Danny done good.
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–Rich

“Right handed power” ????
This bum is homerless since May !!

At least all the fans who vote for their favorite player will be happy. Inge should be # 1 tonight…….just for showing up.

Not giving up yet, go Tigers.

Homeless, yes. Bum, hardly. Breaking something is always tricky. There are different kinds of breaks. Maybe he will go to right field more ofter. We need a good pitching performance. National TV. We need a winning streak. Go Tigers! –Dave

Well, Brandon did more for the team tonight than everyone else, so welcome back. He obviously doesn’t produce the way we want, but he is no bum. That guy bleeds Tiger blood and probably has the most desire in him to get this organization going again. Unfortunately he just can’t deliver a lot of the times for whatever reason, he has the talent but just doesn’t produce. Maybe this will be the new and improved Inge. Regardless, we usually get good production out of guys when they return from the DL, so let’s ride it as long as we can.

Another sorry, sorry game for the Tigers. Armando could have given up just 2 and taken a loss, these guys have got to get moving. We gave up that gift of a double play that got nobody out last night and scored zero. by the way, anyone know how that gets scored? Is that a 2 error play or one error and a fielders choice?

It would be an error on the throw to second as an official scorer cannot anticipate a double play. If you get one out and it is a muffed play at first it will never be an error unless a baserunner advances to another base.
..Mark

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