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Pirates activate Brandon Inge from disabled list

Apr 23, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT

Brandon Inge AP

When he wasn’t busy having peanuts thrown at him and nearly getting into fights with Triple-A fans Brandon Inge hit just .180 in 18 games on a minor-league rehab assignment, but the Pirates have added him to the roster anyway.

Inge is activated from the disabled list, starting at third base, and batting seventh tonight against left-hander Cole Hamels.

Inge made the Pirates out of spring training despite hitting just .218 with a .658 OPS in 83 games for the Tigers and A’s last season, but the 36-year-old was shut down with a shoulder injury before the season actually began.

  1. Alan Luken - Apr 23, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Another veteran player the Pirates signed after the peak of his career

    • El Bravo - Apr 23, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      Little know fact is that their original proposed team name was the Pittsburgh Veteran-Players-Signed-After-The-Peak-Of-Their-Careers.

  2. Francisco (FC) - Apr 23, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    This is kind of like activating Roger Dorn right?

    • worldseriestiger - Apr 23, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      nah, Dorn still brought something to the table: Sound financial advice.

      Inge just brings some ugly tatoos, overthrows and check swing strikes.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 23, 2013 at 4:29 PM

        Don’t forget the errors.

  3. historiophiliac - Apr 23, 2013 at 4:13 PM


    /throws peanuts

  4. Stiller43 - Apr 23, 2013 at 4:19 PM


  5. barrywhererufrom - Apr 23, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    In honor of the great blowhard Mike Francesca. “I like Inge..yeah I like Inge..I do like Inge..I think fatso said this about 14 times on stan in new York..the sad thing is that we all liked Inge about 7 years ago

  6. riverace19 - Apr 23, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Someone explain to me how Inge is an improvement over El Toro… he’s not going to get better hitting vs. lefties unless he gets the chance to hit against lefties.

    • jerze2387 - Apr 23, 2013 at 5:52 PM

      I agree. inge should be a UTIL guy, not a starter even in a platoon

  7. navyeoddavee9 - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Why ?

  8. thepittsburghkid - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    News flash, not every move the Pirates make is bad. You fair weathered Pirate fans are the worst, stop acting like you know baseball. Inge will help this team in spot starts, especially against quality lefties.

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