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.

Another young fan was struck by a foul ball, this time at Guaranteed Rate Field

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ESPN reports via the Associated Press that a young boy was struck by a line drive foul ball but was not seriously injured during Sunday afternoon’s game against the Royals. The boy and a woman were escorted by a first aid crew to the concourse area and the boy was later eating ice cream in a luxury suite.

A woman was struck in the face by a foul ball also on the first base side at Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday, but she didn’t request medical assistance.

Last week, a young fan at Yankee Stadium was hit by a line drive foul ball, which motivated several teams to commit to extending protective netting at their ballparks. The Yankees, strangely, were not among them. Nor were the White Sox.

Diamondbacks clinch NL Wild Card

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Losses by the Cardinals to the Pirates and the Brewers to the Cubs on Sunday clinched an NL Wild Card berth for the Diamondbacks. Their walk-off, 3-2 win over the Marlins earned them hosting rights for the Wild Card game.

The D-Backs, now 90-66, trailed the Marlins 2-1 going into the bottom of the eighth. Daniel Descalso tied the game at two apiece with an RBI single off of Brad Ziegler. Second half hero J.D. Martinez secured the win with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth against Javy Guerra.

The Rockies beat the Padres on Sunday to increase their lead over the Brewers (+2) and Cardinals (+2.5) for the second Wild Card slot. One of these three teams will visit Arizona for the Wild Card game.

The Diamondbacks are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2011, when they lost the Division Series in five games to the Brewers.