Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Brandon Inge placed on DL

by Nicholas Minnix on May 17, 2012 @ 13:56:16 PDT


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Oakland Athletics 3B Brandon Inge
Inge binge halted

The Oakland Athletics were hoping that the soreness in Brandon Inge's groin muscle would go away after a few days of rest, but there's been no improvement. On Thursday, the club placed the third baseman on the disabled list.

Inge, 35 in a couple of days, was a popular fantasy baseball pickup last week. The A's signed him after the Detroit Tigers gave him walking papers, and he went on a tear not long after he joined Oaktown. In the span of five games (from May 6 to May 11), the right-handed hitter was 7-for-20 with four home runs and 16 RBIs.

The lifetime .234 hitter was even a popular mixed-league addition, especially in leagues where he's already earned eligibility at second base. As fantastic as that spurt was, Inge has hit only .227 in his 44 at-bats with the A's and isn't anyone's choice to win a batting title. Coliseum won't be friendly to him in the long run, either. There's no need to keep him in mixed leagues.

Those in AL formats should hang on. He stands a good chance of retaining the playing time available at the hot corner in Oakland. Josh Donaldson, Eric Sogard or Adam Rosales will fill in for him in the meantime, and none of them is worth much of a look in fantasy leagues. Sogard probably holds the most potential, but it's extremely limited and has no staying power with Inge in town, although he may also benefit from Jemile Weeks' struggles.

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