Brandon Inge was a shortstop and relief pitcher back in high school, but came into the bigs with the Detroit Tigers as a catcher for a few years before getting moved to the outfield and third base. Now that Miguel Cabrera is taking over at the hot corner to make room for Prince Fielder at first, the 34-year-old Inge is asking Manager Jim Leyland if he'll try him out to be the starting second baseman.
The Detroit Free Press reports that Leyland is into the idea. "I hope it works out," Leyland said, according to the idea. "If he's really good defensively at second and can hit, it makes us better. I can use (Ryan) Raburn in left and use Delmon (Young) at DH, and vice versa. It's pretty interesting. I want to give it a fair shot."
Raburn and Ramon Santiago had been slated to get most of the second-base starts this season, the Free Press notes. Inge, who has been with the team for 11 seasons, played third base last year, but batted only .197 with three homers. "He has to hit," Leyland said. "He has to produce. If he doesn't hit, he won't be playing, because I know Raburn can hit."