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Tigers place Brandon Inge on disabled list with groin injury

Apr 3, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

Detroit Tigers' Brandon Inge horses around during their MLB spring training workout in Lakeland, Florida

Brandon Inge came into spring training in The Best Shape Of His Life, but now he’s leaving camp on the disabled list with a strained groin.

Because the DL stint is backdated he’ll be eligible to return on April 14 and Inge told Jason Beck of that he expects to be ready by then, although it’s worth noting that he previously said he expected to be ready for Opening Day too.

Miguel Cabrera‘s move to third base pushed Inge into a competition with Ryan Raburn and Ramon Santiago at second base and his defense there drew positive reviews, but as usual he struggled to hit and was not in line for regular starts to begin the season.

Beck notes that the Tigers could eventually send him back to Triple-A, as they did last season, because there’s never any danger of another team claiming the 34-year-old Inge and his $5.5 million salary off waivers.

  1. adderalljack - Apr 3, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    How’s lil’ Brandon supposed to crush 30+ if he’s on the DL??.. Motown fans- he’s not (unfortunately) going anywhere.

    • mlmh1 - Apr 3, 2012 at 8:50 PM

      I think Bradon is a very valuable player. He has had alot of bad luck in the past year, but I bet he will come through really good. He has determination and that means alot. I wish him all the best. He will be back, strong.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 3, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Um…was that photo taken the instant he got this groin injury?

  3. scoregasmic - Apr 3, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    It’s not like he was gonna play anyway…oh well, as long as prince and cabby are in the lineup everything is good in the D

    • mlmh1 - Apr 3, 2012 at 8:52 PM

      Prince and Cabra are not the only players on the team. We do tend to forget this……

  4. savocabol1 - Apr 3, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Epic photo fail.

  5. Detroit Michael - Apr 3, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Inge could not been sent to AAA without his consent (which he gave last year). He’s got too much service time for the Tigers to unilaterally option him to AAA.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 3, 2012 at 12:30 PM

      For crying out loud, they just need to eat his salary with a big fork and deal him to Philly.

      • mlmh1 - Apr 3, 2012 at 8:53 PM

        He needs to stay a tiger. He still has alot of fans and alot of good going for him. He will be back strong….

  6. dowhatifeellike - Apr 3, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Looks to me like he strained his face.

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