Inge's return timetable remains unknown

Inge's return timetable remains unknown

DETROIT -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he has not been in contact with third baseman Brandon Inge, who went on the 15-day disabled list last Friday after being diagnosed with mononucleosis. Leyland said head athletic trainer Kevin Rand talked with Inge by phone on Thursday.

Rand has declined to discuss Inge's situation, citing medical privacy laws regarding off-field medical situations. Leyland didn't have much information, either.

"Those are issues that just have to take care of themselves," Leyland said Friday afternoon.

Inge has not been seen or heard from in the Tigers clubhouse since the diagnosis, which is understandable given his situation. But it also suggests he isn't likely to be back in the immediate future. The case history with players who go on the DL with mono varies widely on how much time they miss, depending on the severity of the illness.