Detroit Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo tonight, this according to Matthew Mowery of the Oakland Press. The stint is expected to last six days, during which time the Tigers will be on an Interleague West Coast road trip.
Inge, sidelined for the past two weeks with mononucleosis, was taking groundballs yesterday with the Tigers and is reportedly feeling much better. The 2011 season has been a rough one for the former All-Star, who is hitting just .211 with a single home run and 12 RBI in 52 games for the Tigers. His .565 OPS is his lowest since his rookie season of 2001 and by far his lowest of his post-catching career.
In his absence, utilityman Don Kelly has seen the bulk of the third base duties and filled the two-spot in the order. Kelly has been slumping of late, actually performing worse at the dish than Inge was. This month, Kelly is hitting just .205 with one home run in 44 at bats, for an OPS of .528.
I didn’t expect to say this when he hit the DL two weeks ago, but hurry back, Brandon, the Tigers need your bat. Yeesh.