Inge leaving DL decision up to Tigers (updated)
UPDATE @5pm: Leyland said after Monday’s win that Inge will not play in Tuesday’s Grapefruit League finale, and he isn’t sure about Wednesday’s exhibition in Toledo. Wednesday’s game might not matter, as Leyland indicated they’ll set the roster sometime Tuesday.
“I think we’ll have everything etched in stone by tomorrow,” Leyland said.
Leyland confirmed that the Inge issue, specifically his health, is the one question holding up the process.
“We have to figure out the health issue,” Leyland said. “We’re not holding off for any other reason.”
Brandon Inge sounded somewhat confident this morning that he could be healthy for Opening Day, but said he’ll leave the decision up to the Tigers on whether they want to take the chance, especially if he doesn’t get into another game this spring.
“It’s something I just need a couple days,” he said. “I’ve been getting treatment on it and feel good. I’m at the end stages on it, so I don’t want to go backwards. They’re going to have to make their decision whichever way they want. I don’t like going onto the DL, but it’s not my decision. I left it in their hands. They can make those decisions.”
Inge missed his fourth straight game Monday with a sore left groin.
The ultimate factor in the decision might come down to whether he plays Tuesday or Wednesday. Manager Jim Leyland has said he would ideally like to have Inge play in a game before the season starts if he’s going to be ready for the season. Inge doesn’t sound positive that he could do that.
“It’s just one of those things where I’m getting towards the end part of this thing, and I don’t want to go backwards,” Inge said. “I don’t anticipate it being a problem. I don’t know. They’re going to make their decision whatever way they want. I told them I thought I’d be ready by Opening Day, but I want to push it too much before, because I don’t think it’s a benefit to anyone to take a step backward.”