Ken Rosenthal brings the heat on Brandon Inge, who was cut loose by the Tigers on Thursday:
With so many teams expressing interest — the Orioles, Twins and Diamondbacks among them — it seemed likely that Inge would take his time and carefully consider all his options. But the 11-11 Athletics can offer regular looks at third base, where they’ve shuffled through Eric Sogard, Josh Donaldson and now Luke Hughes since losing Scott Sizemore to season-ending knee surgery. And that immediate availability of playing time clearly (and, well, quickly) appealed to the 34-year-old veteran most.
Inge was batting .100 with a .400 OPS in 20 plate appearances for Detroit. He’s a .264/.340/.458 career hitter against left-handed pitchers and has 140 career home runs. He can be useful in a hot-corner platoon.
Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale made a hasty exit from his final Grapefruit League outing on Saturday after sustaining a left hip contusion. He was struck on the leg with a line drive from the Astros’ J.D. Davis in the first inning and immediately collapsed on the mound. He was able to walk off the field without a noticeable limp, however, and later told reporters that the ball struck a nerve and temporarily stunned his leg. As a precautionary move, the Red Sox pulled him after the incident and will have the left-hander undergo X-rays to rule out any further injury to his hip.
This was expected to be Sale’s last start of spring training. Prior to Saturday’s matinee against the Astros, the 28-year-old southpaw made three starts in camp, allowing five runs, one home run, three walks and striking out 18 batters in 14 innings. He’s still on track to start the season for the Red Sox during their road opener against the Rays next Thursday.