Tigers decision to release Brandon Inge made itself
Inge was designated for reassignment last year, remember? When he came back, he surprisingly contributed significantly to the Tigers in September and during the postseason.
With Miguel Cabrera moving to third and doing reasonably well defensively, the Tigers having a player in Triple-A, Danny Worth, who fits what they need much better in a utility infielder role, Inge looking lost at second base and, for he most part at the plate, the handwriting was on the wall.
They'll see if 6-6, 270-pound Brad Eldred, a 31-year-old minor league journeyman, can continue to hit like "Wonder Boy" in "The Natural" as he was doing at Toledo (see previous blog post), but eventually Worth will be called up - if he continues to hit well at Toledo.
I agreed with the Tigers decision to carry Inge north to begin the season. He didn't have a good spring, but September in a pennant race and the postseason provided better gauges. Spring training is not a good place to get accurate evaluations on players.
But to, borrow line from the TV network, April in the D, is an accurate evaluation time - and Inge showed no sign of providing the role he was needed for by the Tigers.
Thursday, all that happened when Inge was released, is that sooner happened instead of later. And the Tigers are better ball club moving forward because it did.
He just did fit anymore.