Inge was placed on the 15-day DL on April 3 with a strained left groin. He is on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo, where he played nine innings at second base on Thursday night and went 0-for-3 with two walks. Overall, he is 1-for-9 with three walk, a run scored and a hit-by-pitch.
Inge told the Toledo Blade after Thursday's game that he will rejoin the Tigers in Chicago beginning Friday.
Inge hasn't exactly been lighting it up at the plate -- he hit .180 in Spring Training -- but manager Jim Leyland maintains his stance on his infielder.
"He's going to play second base against the left-handed pitching and, depending on what happens, maybe play a game at third base once in a while to give Miguel [Cabrera] a break," Leyland said.
Inge, who hit .245 against left-handers last season, was designated for assignment on July 20, 2011, to make room for Wilson Betemit, who was acquired in a trade with the Royals. After a month with the Mud Hens, he returned to the Tigers and finished the season with a .197 average.
With the Tigers signing Prince Fielder and Cabrera moving to third base, Inge requested a chance to compete at second base and won a job platooning with Ryan Raburn and Ramon Santiago.