Tigers Place Brandon Inge on DL, Recall Santos

The Detroit Tigers announced today that third baseman Brandon Inge was placed on the 15-day disabled list with mononucleosis. The move is retroactive to yesterday. Catcher Omir Santos was recalled to take Inge’s place on the roster, but his spot in the lineup will be manned by some combination of Don Kelly, Danny Worth, and Ryan Raburn.

Santos is making his second stint with the Tigers this year and is 1-for-5 in two games with Detroit. I don’t expect him to see much action this time around either, as Alex Avila and Victor Martinez have done well holding down the catching duties without a third catcher. The move to bring back Santos surprised me, but it seems like this will be a short-term move until Magglio Ordonez returns from his rehab assignment, possibly as early as next week.

That said, I don’t see the logic in bringing up Santos when he isn’t going to play. He’s not a pinch-hit candidate at all, so the Tigers are essentially playing with a 24-man roster for now. They would have been better suited to recall someone like Will Rhymes or Clete Thomas who at least bring some value to the bench. They could have even opted to go with an expanded pitching staff for a few days.

For Inge, it seems likely that this trip to the DL could knock him out a bit longer than the minimum time. According to the Mayo Clinic (h/t BYB), mono symptoms typically dissipate after a few weeks, but it can take months before someone suffering from mono feels normal again.

One can only hope that he’s been hiding the illness for at least a little while. At least that would help explain his horrendous start to the season. On Wednesday, Inge celebrated his 10 years of service time with an 0-for-3, three strikeout game. Inge is the all-time franchise leader in strikeouts, a mark he set last season.

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  • Chris Hannum

    If Omir Santos is just holding a spot for Magglio Ordonez for a few days, it wouldn’t be fair to a guy like Rhymes to give him the false impression of a second chance. I doubt there is any danger that Santos would interpret it that way.

    • http://motorcitybengals.com John Parent

      I don’t really buy that one Chris. This team should be run in a way that gives the Tigers the best chance to win. Having Santos on the roster is essentially the same as playing a man short. Santos won’t see the field (or shouldn’t anyway) in any situation barring injury. At least with a guy like Rhymes or Thomas (both are already on the 40-man), you have a guy that can be used as a pinch-runner.

      Rhymes is old enough to understand the business of the game. Even if only for a few days, I’m sure he’d relish the major league lifestyle while he had it. These things can be explained to the player when they are recalled, just as I’m sure was done with Santos. As long as Rhymes would know going in that he probably won’t play much if at all, I don’t see a problem.

      If I had to guess, and I do, I’d say it probably has more to do with a lack of depth at Toledo than it does with the player recalled. The Hens have three catchers with Santos so they can spare one, but their position players have been thinned considerably, leading to guys having to play out of position.

  • http://www.motorcitybengals.com Matt Snyder

    Because Martinez is the DH, the Tigers don’t have an injury replacement at catcher. The player getting called up wasn’t going to play no matter what, so they’re just giving themselves some insurance here.

    Wells/Dirks/Santiago can handle any and all pinch-running and defensive replacement situations. I’d choose any of these guys as pinch hitters above Rhymes and Clete as well.

  • jayrc

    Is it crazy that I believe the DL move is simply B/S to give him a break due to poor performance?

    • http://motorcitybengals.com John Parent

      Knobler says Inge has been showing symptoms for a while, but early tests came back negative.

  • Bob

    Mono can knock that pile of dung off the
    roster for the season and it wouldn’t bother
    me a damn bit.

    • http://motorcitybengals.com John Parent

      I know you’re not the only one who feel this way, Bob. Inge has always been a favorite of mine, but I’m not blind to his shortcomings. The Tigers immediately improve as a club with him on the DL right now.

    • Chris Hannum

      IF mono is going to knock Inge out for most if not all of the season, what should the Tigers be doing about 3rd base?

      • Bob

        Santiago, Worth, & Kelly can
        rotate. Play whoever does the
        best job. Anybody but that
        unmentionable 4 letter word. Re-signing that worthless cretin was monstrously stupid.