Inge to 15-day DL with mono
The Tigers have had their share of early-season injuries, but they got a new one on Friday. Detroit placed third baseman Brandon Inge on the 15-day disabled list with mononucleosis.
For now, the Tigers replaced him on the roster with catcher Omir Santos, who was recalled from Triple-A Toledo. He hasn’t played since May 26 due to injury, but will serve as a third catcher on the roster for at least this weekend.
The Tigers are hopeful that Magglio Ordonez will be ready to return to from the 15-day DL on Monday after a weekend rehab assignment with the Mud Hens, so another move could follow shortly.
Inge had mentioned since early May that he was dealing with headaches and feeling run down, but supposedly was starting to feel better since the just-completed homestand. He underwent blood tests two weeks ago, but nothing was immediately clear.
At the risk of a bad pun, Inge had been going through an anemic season offensively, even for his up-and-down comparisons. He owns a .211 average (34-for-161), but more surprisingly, owns just nine extra-base hits, including one home run. He also has 44 strikeouts in 181 plate appearances.
Just two of those extra-base hits happened in May, even though he hit for a slightly higher average (.219) than in April (.212).
How long Inge will miss wasn’t immediately clear. The recent history of players with mono varies widely. Bronson Arroyo was diagnosed this spring and didn’t miss a start, but has had a noticeable downturn in his stats. Red Sox shortstop Jed Lowrie missed the first half of last season. Then-Angels prospect Casey Kotchman struggled with it for much of the 2006 season.
Tigers head athletic trainer declined to comment, citing privacy laws since it wasn’t an on-field injury.
The Tigers have no fewer than four infielders capable of filling in for Inge at third. Danny Worth played the hot corner at Triple-A Toledo before he was called up a week ago following the Scott Sizemore trade. Don Kelly has spelled Inge at third whenever he has had a day off. Ramon Santiago and Ryan Raburn are also capable of playing there, though they have split most of the past week at second base since that spot opened up.
Inge’s DL move is retroactive to June 2.