CHICAGO -- The locker and the road jersey were waiting for Brandon Inge on Friday morning in the visiting clubhouse at U.S. Cellular Field. All that was left was for the player himself to show up.
He'll be there on Saturday. Inge, recovering from a sore left groin, will be activated from the 15-day disabled list in time for the middle game of their series against the White Sox. The Tigers optioned infielder Danny Worth to Triple-A Toledo after Friday's loss to make room on the 25-man roster.
Inge will be in the starting lineup at second base on Sunday, when the Tigers are scheduled to face White Sox left-hander Chris Sale.
Saturday is the first day Inge is eligible to be activated. He spent three days rehabbing with Toledo, ending with a 1-for-9 performance at the plate with three walks.
"The timing will come back," Inge told the Toledo Blade on Thursday. "I'm not worried about the results right now. When you're going through a rehab, getting timing, seeing the pitches and drawing walks is important. I really didn't get many good pitches to hit. They weren't throwing me much -- which was kind of funny."
Tigers manager Jim Leyland has said that Inge will assume a part-time role as a starting second baseman against some but not all left-handed starting pitchers, and possibly an occasional start at third base when Miguel Cabrera either gets a day off or starts at DH.
Worth made the Opening Day roster as an extra infielder when Inge opened the season on the DL. He went 1-for-5 in three games, including a start at second base last Tuesday against the Rays.