On Tuesday, the Detroit Tigers placed third baseman Brandon Inge on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left groin, according to MLive.com.
The 15-day timeframe will be backdated to March 30.
If there's a silver lining, Inge's injury finalizes the Tigers' 25-man roster without them having to make any cuts before opening day.
For now, the move essentially allows the team to keep outfielders Clete Thomas, Andy Dirks and infielder Danny Worth -- barring an acquisition from outside the organization.
But a move will be required next week when the team calls up left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly, who is not on the 40-man roster, for his start April 12.
A move will, however, be required to activate Inge, who can come off the DL on April 14.
Inge, who made his major league debut in 2001, has spent his entire career with Detroit. Last season was his worst since he was a rookie: In 102 games he hit just .197 with a .265 OBP. His 53 hits, three home runs and 23 RBI were all the lowest since his rookie campaign, when he played just 79 games.
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