Tigers haven't decided on plan for Inge's return

Tigers haven't decided on plan for Inge's return

DETROIT -- Brandon Inge worked out again with the Tigers during batting practice on Wednesday, but so far, the team hasn't set a plan on getting him back into action.

A big question in that could come down to whether or not Inge goes on a Minor League rehab assignment.

"I'm waiting to hear some further stuff," manager Jim Leyland said, "and then we're going to have to sit down and talk. I don't know what the situation will be. The player has the option not to go [for rehab]. We'll have to wait and see what his feelings are on that."

Inge indicated Tuesday that he felt like he might be ready to return as soon as he's eligible to come off the disabled list Friday.

"Once I'm eligible to come off, I want to be back right away," Inge said Tuesday.

Because he has just missed two weeks, there could be less of an issue of getting his timing back at third base or at the plate. The bigger question could be getting back physically into game shape after a virus that sapped his energy.