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Brandon Inge needs shoulder surgery

Sep 2, 2012, 9:41 AM EDT

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Brandon Inge is done for the 2012 season.

According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the veteran third baseman re-injured his right shoulder on Saturday night in the A’s 7-1 victory over the Red Sox and will undergo surgery in a week that will require six months of recovery time.

“My damn shoulder came out again,” Inge told reporters after the game. “I gave it my best shot. I knew it was going to be rough coming into it. In a year like this, you don’t leave anything on the table. I literally gave everything I had to offer to this team. And I’m at peace with it.”

Josh Donaldson seems likely to serve as the A’s primary third baseman down the stretch. Inge, 35, will finish up with a .218/.275/.383 batting line, 12 home runs and 54 RBI. He’ll be a free agent this winter.

  1. willclarkgameface - Sep 2, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    People rag on this guy all the time, but dude is a gamer. He got sent down by the Tigers and came back to be an everyday player, working his ass off to get back to the show. Got released, signed by the A’s, and again – played his ass off.

    You gotta like his hustle if nothing else.

  2. butchhuskey - Sep 2, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    A Brandon Inge article not written by Aaron Gleeman? WHAT IS THIS MADNESS?

  3. hushbrother - Sep 2, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    But he’s a mediocre white player with very little upside, therefore the A’s will probably want to bring him back next year.

  4. mikeincmn - Sep 2, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Gotta give him credit for pushing through it the first time. That being said, at least Josh Donaldson was hitting pretty good before Inge came back.

  5. kindasporty - Sep 2, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Inge will always be one of my favorite players. He is nothing but heart and hustle. Unfortunately that doesn’t leave much room for actually hitting the baseball. The guy is definitely a gamer, but that doesn’t mean he deserves a spot on the roster. I will still be rooting for him though.

  6. mtheparrothead - Sep 2, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    If only “heart” got you an above .200 average…

  7. papalurchdxb - Sep 2, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    surely the Giants can’t be happy about this A’s coverage encroaching on their territory?

    Anyway, Inge should have done enough to warrant everyone’s respect or allocation of craziness for popping his own shoulder back in and finishing the game.

    I don’t understand how people like mtheparrothead can attempt to belittle his achievements in playing to and maximising his strengths as opposed to what others perceive to be acceptable performance parameters which, either way, are beyond what most of us could achieve.

    • historiophiliac - Sep 2, 2012 at 2:55 PM

      Clearly not a Tigers fan, or you could not forget the time he made 2 errors in 1 play in the World Series, how he completely whiffed in the HR Derby, the up-and-down inconsistency that required repeated trips back to the minors, and the fact that we couldn’t even trade him away to clear off the dead weight. But, yeah, that shoulder popping thing is cool. Too bad that doesn’t win you pennants.

  8. dawgpoundmember - Sep 2, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    So a 36 year old Inge coming off shoulder surgery, safe to say contract offers will be sparse. So does that mean Inge and Clemens will be eligible for HoF at the same time, I wonder who would get more votes.

  9. caliraiderz - Sep 2, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Thanks Brandon for all your heart and hard work this year , this is such an unexpected and magical season for us long suffering A`s fans. Hope Josh can keep his hot hitting going into the playoffs. Fun year to be an A`s fan and not have to hear about the mediocre giants 24-7

  10. Detroit Michael - Sep 2, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Inge also announced that he would perform the surgery himself without anesthesia.

  11. willclarkgameface - Sep 2, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Brandon Inge = James Dalton. If you don’t know what I’m talking about mijo, watch a little movie called Road House and prepare to have your mind blown.

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