Yesterday, our own Aaron Gleeman told you that Brandon Inge was “ahead of schedule” in his rehab from a broken left hand and was cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment with Low-A West Michigan.
Well, apparently one game was all the Tigers needed to see, because Inge was activated from the 15-day disabled list today, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com. He’ll bat seventh and play third base against Edwin Jackson and the White Sox tonight.
Inge was originally expected to miss four to six weeks as he rehabbed the injury, however he managed to make it back in just two. According to Beck’s report, Inge was told there was no reason why he couldn’t play as long as he is prepared to deal with the potential pain that may come along with it.
“He said he had no soreness whatever,” manager Jim Leyland said Tuesday
night. “It’s hard to believe, but they said originally — nobody wanted
to mention anything about it — that it could be quite a bit quicker.
But they didn’t want to get into that, because it’s normally what it is.
But from what I understood, the doctors said it’s healed over extremely
well, the calcium’s built up. He would have no more chance of hurting
that bone that he would any other bone in his body, if he played.”
With Inge’s rapid return at the hot corner complete, the recently-acquired Jhonny Peralta will shift over to shortstop. He’s starting there tonight.
The Orioles singlehandedly kept the rumor mill churning this weekend. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the club is interested in making a play for free agent right-hander Lance Lynn, adding him to a list of potential candidates that also includes free agent righty Alex Cobb. The two are expected to command similar contracts in free agency, but Morosi notes that the Orioles may prefer Cobb based on his familiarity with the AL East.
Lynn, 30, is two years removed from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Despite missing the 2016 season, he bounced back with a respectable 11-8 record in 33 starts and complemented his efforts with a 3.43 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 7.4 SO/9 over 186 1/3 innings for the 2017 Cardinals. He lost several days with a blister on his pitching hand in early September, but managed to avoid any major injuries and can reasonably be expected to shoulder another heavy workload in 2018.
Lynn may not be the Orioles’ first choice to beef up their starting rotation, but there’s no doubt that he’ll be in high demand as one of very few viable starters on the market this winter. The veteran righty rejected his one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals on Thursday and will likely be seeking a multi-year contract, one that Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch estimates around five years and $100+ million. If the Orioles are willing to bite that bullet, they’ll still need to compensate the Cardinals with their third pick in next year’s draft.