Tag:Brandon Inge
Posted on: June 3, 2011 1:27 pm
Edited on: June 3, 2011 3:14 pm

Inge on DL with mono

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Brandon IngeThe Tigers have put third baseman Brandon Inge on the 15-day disabled list because of mononucleosis.

CBSSports.com senior writer Danny Knobler confirms Inge was on the team's flight to Chicago last night before being put on the DL. Knobler says the team suspected mono a week ago, but tests came back negative. 

Inge could be out for much longer than 15 days, as mono can cause weakness for months. Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo was diagnosed with mono in spring training and hasn't missed a start, but that's highly unusual. However, the Tigers hope to get Inge back in two weeks, Knobler reports.

Mononucleosis can sap energy and undo months of training, so even when Inge is over the sickness, it'll take a while to build back his stamina and strength.

Inge has struggled mightily this season, hitting just .211/.279/.286 with one home run in 52 games.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: April 12, 2011 2:07 pm
Edited on: April 12, 2011 8:25 pm

Hamilton out 6-8 weeks with upper arm injury

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Josh Hamilton Josh Hamilton left Tuesday's game after two head-first dives against the Tigers.

UPDATE: Hamilton has a fracture in the upper area of his humerus bone -- which is the bone between the elbow and shoulder -- and will miss at least six weeks. Some outlets are calling for an eight-week absence. David Murphy will replace Hamilton in left field and Chris Davis appears headed to Texas as the roster replacement. (Dallas Morning News via Twitter)

Hamilton, the Rangers' designated hitter in today's game, slid head-first on an RBI triple in the first inning. Brandon Inge fell into Hamilton on the play. After his triple, Hamilton tried to tag up on a foul popup between home and third. Inge caught the ball and threw it to catch Victor Martinez, with both players diving, Martinez tagged Hamilton out. Hamilton walked to the dugout in apparent pain after making the third out. He seemed to be holding his back.

He was not happy about being sent home by third-base coach Dave Anderson.

"It was just a stupid play," Hamilton said. "I definitely shouldn't have done it. They had a good angle to cut me off where I was going. It was a little too aggressive. The whole time I was watching the play and I was listening. I was like, 'Dude, I don't want to go. Something is going to happen.' But I listened to my coach and I went." (Foul Territory )

The next time Hamilton spot came up in the lineup, Ian Kinsler was in his place. Hamilton was initially diagnosed with a strained right shoulder. X-Rays later revealed the fracture.

Just yesterday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram asked Hamilton  about being more cautious with his head-first slides after two feet-first slides in Monday's game. Hamilton said he wasn't being more cautious.

Hamilton said he's continued to wear the flak-jacket he wore after suffering broken ribs last season. He said that's kept him from holding back.

"If I didn't have my rib pads on, I might consciously do it," Hamilton said on Monday. "When I have these on, it doesn't matter."

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Posted on: November 6, 2010 5:04 pm

Report: Peralta back to Tigers

Jhonny Peralta
Apparently the Tigers are rebuilding their infield by re-signing it.

Enrique Rojas of ESPNdeportes.com is reporting (here's a Twitter post -- the full story is in Spanish) that shortstop Jhonny Peralta is close to reaching agreement with the Tigers on a two-year, $11.25 million contract. They declined a 2011 option on him at $7 milion and said they were interested in bringing him back for less, but this isn't as much of a discount as expected (and it's really $11.5 million, since they paid him $250,000 to buy out the option).

(An aside: Would you have guessed that there have been 13 pro ballplayers in the U.S. named Jhonny? It's true. )

The deal comes a little over two weeks after the Tigers re-signed third baseman Brandon Inge, a potential free agent, for $11 million over two years.

Peralta was traded to Detroit from Cleveland in July and batted .253/.314/.396 in the second half. And Peralta certainly isn't there for his defense, so this seems like a lot of money to spend on a below-average player.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 22, 2010 6:50 pm

Players choice finalists announced

Carlos Gonzalez In September, major-league players voted for the Players Choice Awards, coordinated by the union. Friday, the MLBPA released the three finalists for each of the awards, which will be announced over the course of next week.

Player of the year (both leagues): Carlos Gonzalez (Rockies, pictured), Josh Hamilton (Rangers), Joey Votto (Reds).

Man of the year (for off-field efforts): Torii Hunter (Angels), Brandon Inge (Tigers), Troy Tulowitzki (Rockies).

NL outstanding player: Gonzalez, Albert Pujols (Cardinals), Votto.

NL outstanding pitcher: Roy Halladay (Phillies), Ubaldo Jimenez (Rockies), Adam Wainwright (Cardinals).

NL outstanding rookie: Jaime Garcia (Cardinals), Jason Heyward (Braves), Buster Posey (Giants).

NL comeback player: R.A. Dickey (Mets), Tim Hudson (Braves), Aubrey Huff (Giants).

AL outstanding player: Jose Bautista (Blue Jays), Miguel Cabrera (Tigers), Hamilton.

AL outstanding pitcher: Felix Hernandez (Mariners), David Price (Rays), CC Sabathia (Yankees).

AL outstanding rookie: Wade Davis (Rays), Neftali Feliz (Rangers), Austin Jackson (Tigers).

AL comeback player: Freddy Garcia (White Sox), Vladimir Guerrero (Rangers), Francisco Liriano (Twins).

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 21, 2010 11:02 am
Edited on: October 21, 2010 2:44 pm

Inge re-ups with Tigers

Brandon Inge Ted Lilly wasn't interested in testing the free-agent market, inking a three-year deal to stay with the Dodgers.

Now, Brandon Inge has joined Lilly in coming off the board as the third baseman has inked a two-year extension with the Tigers, with a third-year option as Tom Gage of the Detroit News reports.

Inge, who will earn 10/5 rights (giving him a full no-trade clause) this upcoming season, has never sniffed free agency as the former catcher-turned-third baseman is more than happy to stay in MoTown. The 33-year-old hit .247/.321/.397 in 580 plate appearances with 13 home runs. He's not great with the stick, but is passable and is a strong fielder. He's also popular in the clubhouse.

Inge is coming off a four-year, $24 million deal, earning $6.6 million in 2010. It's unlikely he matches that annual value in his new deal.

It's a bit disappointing the Tigers rushed to fill their third-base vacancy with more of the same as Detroit needs to make some big investments this offseason to challenge the Twins and White Sox in what should be a winnable AL Central -- especially with just over $75 million coming off the books. Adrian Beltre could have been a possible target, but no more.

However, it's thought that Detroit is planning to go after Victor Martinez hard, and the club may have some other ideas in its pocket for a massive investment that necessitates investing in Inge at the hot corner.

UPDATE : Jason Beck has the pact at $11.5 million guaranteed. Inge will earn $5.5 million a year, and the 2013 club option is for $6 million with a $500,000 buyout.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 17, 2010 9:36 pm

R.I.P. Tigers: Injuries play spoiler

As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions in October. Today: our penultimate entry, the Detroit Tigers.

It was a tale of two seasons in the Motor City in 2010: a first half that was better than expected, and a second half that was worse.

Attrition had a lot to do with it, as injuries thinned the ranks and left Triple Crown candidate Miguel Cabrera exposed in the lineup. But the Tigers had a lot of young talent step up, and ended up feeling about as good as you can feel when you lead the division midway through the season and end up in third place with a .500 record.


Injuries. Bad ones, to important players, at critical times.

Brandon Inge broke his hand, Joel Zumaya his elbow and, most damaging, Magglio Ordonez broke his ankle on a slide into home plate on July 24 and never returned. Plus you had Carlos Guillen straining something twice a month and playing just 68 games. The injuries had a domino effect on the team, as roles changed and opponents started being able to pitch around Cabrera.

The offense and bullpen numbers were middle-of-the-pack, but the starting pitching was subpar, 11th in the AL in ERA.

Miguel Cabrera And this should probably more properly fall under what went right, but Armando Galarraga’s “perfect game that wasn’t” on June 2 ended up as more of a gut punch than a highlight. It was a good symbol of the Tigers’ season: No matter what they did, the breaks seemed to be against them.


Cabrera was tremendous, putting up a .328/.420/.622 line with 38 homers and 126 RBIs. His RBI  total, on-base percentage and  OPS+ of 179 were tops in the AL. If it were possible to do it all yourself, he certainly gave it a try. Ordonez, too, was having a big season, batting .303 before his injury.

Young hitting was in abundance, with two outfielders in the rookie of the year conversation. Austin Jackson batted .293, scored 103 runs, hit 34 doubles and play exciting defense. Brennan Boesch looked a heck of a lot better in the first half (.342 average) than the second (.163), but showed he’s got potential.

On the pitching side, Justin Verlander was an 18-game winner and an All-Star, Max Scherzer went 12-11 with a 3.50 ERA after arriving last winter from Arizona, and 22-year-old Rick Porcello weathered some growing pains and a trip to the minors and won five of his last six decisions.

The Tigers farm system is considered thin at the top, but some very good signs arrived from Triple-A Toledo. Will Rhymes (pictured, below right) put himself in the picture for the starting job at second base by batting .304 in 54 games, and outfielder Casper Wells was tremendous 9.323/.364/.538) in a 36-game audition.


The Tigers have some good core pieces and a lot of payroll flexibility, and a big part of what went wrong this year can be attributed to injuries. For those reasons, the Tigers are in a good position for 2011.

Will Rhymes SUGGESTIONS FOR 2011

The Tigers have anywhere from $50 million to $70-plus million coming off the books, depending on how you do the accounting, so they’re in good position to address their needs.

The question is, how do they spend that money? They declined Ordonez’s pricey option, but could re-sign him for less. That would be a good start, but they could really use another middle-of-the-order threat.

As for the top free-agent bats, they’ve got room in the outfield for Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth, but no place for Adrian Beltre now that they’ve made a multi-year offer to Inge (and Beltre is not likely to become a DH). Detroit could be an attractive option for Adam Dunn if he softens on his demand not to DH.

The Tigers are happy with the trio of Verlander, Scherzer and Porcello at the top of the rotation, and have said they want to convert Phil Coke to starting because they need a left-hander. But a veteran guy like Aaron Harang would fit nicely.


Look for the Tigers to be contenders next year, making for what should be an entertaining three-way battle with the Twins and White Sox in the Central.
Check out the other R.I.P. reports here.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 3, 2010 1:16 pm

Tigers making big decisions on 2011

Johnny Damon I'm sure Red Sox fans will be happy to hear Johnny Damon will be available this offseason.

Damon turned down a trade to the Red Sox in August because he liked Detroit so much and wanted to stay there. Apparently the Tigers think that's mighty nice, but he can move on along now.

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski talked to reporters (via Steve Kornacki of MLive.com ) before Sunday's season-finale in Baltimore and said the team wouldn't bring back Damon, catcher Gerald Laird or starter Jeremy Bonderman, although Bonderman could be invited to spring training if he doesn't find another home.

The team will also decline their $15 million option on outfielder Magglio Ordonez, Dombrowski said, but would like to bring him back at a more team-friendly price.

As for those staying, the team has offered third baseman Brandon Inge a multi-year contract and may pick up shortstop Jhonny Peralta's $7.25 million option.

Dombrowski said the team will be looking to add a middle of the order "RBI threat" with the $70.1 million coming off the team's books.

Also, manager Jim Leyland told reporters (via the Detroit Free Press ' John Lowe ) that left-hander Phil Coke will be moved from the bullpen to the rotation.

"We need a left-hander in the rotation," Leyland said.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 16, 2010 10:25 am
Edited on: August 16, 2010 12:14 pm

Cardinals losing patience with Lopez

Felipe Lopez Tony La Russa is the latest manager to lose his confidence in Felipe Lopez.

Lopez had started 36 of 39 games since David Freese went down and initially played well. From June 28 to July 22, he saw his line improve from .242/.322/.389 before that game to .274/.343/.407. Since then, he's hit .171/.276/.237.

On Sunday, rookie Allen Craig made his first start at third base.

"I don't think this is really doing [Craig] a justice," La Russa told Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . "It's one of those moves you make because you have to make it, not because you want to make it. I don't hesitate to make it because I really think this guy is a game, a talented gamer. … It's not really good for our club if he has to do it."

Strauss notes Lopez has said his elbow -- which had put him not he DL earlier this season -- hasn't been a problem, but his throwing from third base "has become increasingly erratic."

Lopez has been a baseball vagabond throughout his career -- with enough talent to tease clubs, but enough baggage to have them pass on him.

Lopez broke intuit he big leagues with Toronto in 2001 and was traded to Cincinnati before the 2003 season. The Reds traded him during the 2006 season to the Nationals, who released him in 2008, when he signed with the Cardinals.

After the 2008 season, Lopez was a free agent, signing with the Diamondbacks. In the middle of 2009, he was traded to Milwaukee before becoming a free agent and signing with the Cardinals during spring training.

If the Cardinals want to go to the outside for help, Strauss mentioned Brandon Inge. Edwin Encarnacion has reportedly already cleared waivers, and other options include Chone Figgins, Wes Helms and others. Ty Wigginton would be unlikely to get to the Cardinals on waivers.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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