Brandon Inge ahead of schedule and cleared for rehab stint

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Brandon Inge was initially expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a broken hand suffered on July 19, but now he’s been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment tonight at Single-A.
There’s no word yet on an official revised return timetable, but he’s clearly ahead of schedule and by rule rehab assignment are limited to 20 days. Inge is hoping to be back in the lineup at some point next week.
Jhonny Peralta has been filling in at third base since the Tigers acquired him from the Indians last week, but could shift to shortstop once Inge is healthy. Peralta started 38 games at shortstop last season and has logged more than 6,000 career innings there, although his defense was criticized for about 5,999 of those frames.
Another option would be shifting Peralta to second base, where rookie Will Rhymes has been filling in for an injured Carlos Guillen, but Peralta has never played the position in the majors or minors and Guillen isn’t expected to be sidelined for much longer.

Report: Orioles re-sign Pedro Alvarez to minors deal

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The Orioles have re-signed infielder Pedro Alvarez to a minor league deal, per a report from Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports. The deal guarantees Alvarez $1 million if he makes the 40-man roster and another $2 million in potential performance bonuses. The team has yet to confirm the deal.

This will be Alvarez’s third year with the Orioles. After posting decent numbers in 2016, the 31-year-old was relegated to the minors for the majority of the 2017 season and saw only 14 games at the big league level. He finished the year with an underwhelming .239/.294/.442 batting line and 26 home runs through 595 plate appearances for Triple-A Norfolk.

Alvarez is expected to split his time between first base and DH this spring, and MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli notes that he’s unlikely to experiment with another outfield role. While he isn’t too far removed from his last productive season in the majors, the veteran infielder will function purely as insurance for first baseman Chris Davis and designated hitter Mark Trumbo and will likely begin the season in the minors.