Tigers activate Brandon Inge from the disabled list

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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. 

Cubs sign Brett Anderson to a $3.5 million deal

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Cubs have signed pitcher Brett Anderson to a contract, pending a physical. Anderson, apparently, impressed the Cubs during a bullpen session held in Arizona recently. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the deal is for $3.5 million, but incentives can bring the total value up to $10 million.

Anderson, 28, has only made a total of 53 starts and 12 relief appearances over the past five seasons due to a litany of injuries. This past season, he made just three starts and one relief appearance, yielding 15 runs on 25 hits and four walks with five strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings. The lefty dealt with back, wrist, and blister issues throughout the year.

When he’s healthy, Anderson is a solid arm to have at the back of a starting rotation or in the bullpen. The defending world champion Cubs aren’t risking much in bringing him on board.

Yordano Ventura’s remaining contract hinges on the results of his toxicology report

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 24: Yordano Ventura #30 of the Kansas City Royals pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning at Comerica Park on September 24, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports provides an interesting window into how teams handle a player’s contract after he has died in an accident. It was reported on Sunday that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. He had three guaranteed years at a combined $19.25 million as well as two $12 million club options with a $1 million buyout each for the 2020-21 seasons.

What happens to that money? Well, that depends on the results of a toxicology report, Rosenthal explains. If it is revealed that Ventura was driving under the influence, payment to his estate can be nullified. The Royals may still choose to pay his estate some money as a gesture of good will, but they would be under no obligation to do so. However, if Ventura’s death was accidental and not caused by his driving under the influence, then his contract remains fully guaranteed and the Royals would have to pay it towards his estate. The Royals would be reimbursed by insurance for an as yet unknown portion of that contract.

The results of the toxicology report won’t be known for another three weeks, according to Royals GM Dayton Moore. Dominican Republic authorities said that there was no alcohol found at the scene.

Ventura’s situation is different than that of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who died in a boating accident this past September. Fernandez was not under contract beyond 2016. He was also legally drunk and cocaine was found in his system after the accident. Still, it is unclear whether or not Fernandez was driving the boat. As a result, his estate will receive an accidental death payment of $1.05 million as well as $450,000 through the players’ standard benefits package, Rosenthal points out.