The Tigers finally announced their fifth starter and I don’t think anyone saw this one coming. When he wasn’t working out at second base, the Tigers were secretly stretching out Brandon Inge on the mound of all places. Apparantly their initial goal was to use him as a reliever/defensive replacement but he seemed to take to the role so well that Inge was actually going to get a spot in the rotation once the Tigers need a fifth starter.
Of course this could still change if the Tigers made a trade. Drew Smyly was the odds on favorite at this point but it looks like the team would like to see him test his mettle at Triple-A. And speaking of the Mud Hens, how cool is it going to be for them to have Jacob Turner, Andrew Oliver, Smyly and Casey Crosby all on the same team.
Brandon is a guy that people seem to either love or hate. I’ve always been a fan but this may be one of the more interesting turns in his career. It seems like he’s been able to bounce back whenever the Tigers pick up someone to replace him on the field and that’s just one more example. You just have to wonder how this is going to affect his hitting, which has been subpar for the past couple of years.