Brandon Inge Out for the Year
Brandon Inge dislocated his shoulder again. This time it will spell the end of his season. Inge dislocated the shoulder again before hitting a two-run double last night, so his season shall end with him hitting .218/.275/.383, worth 1.5 WAR with a .283 wOBA and 78 wRC+ in 331 plate appearances. With the A’s he will have put up a .226/.286/.389 slash line with 11 home runs in 311 plate appearances. He owns 1.8 WAR with the A’s, a .290 wOBA and 83 wRC+.
The starting job now belongs to Josh Donaldson and he should be able to run with it as he did throughout August. Can’t say I feel the A’s are any worse for the wear since I felt Donaldson made more sense to keep in that spot until he proved otherwise. The hope now is that he doesn’t prove otherwise, though depth that Inge would have added would have been very useful.
When Inge became available I was pretty upset that I felt it was obvious the A’s would sign him. The A’s did sign him, and he had a few good moments, but overall he was what was expected: a weak bat, a good glove and a “gamer” for whatever that means. I wish him the best of luck, but with Scott Sizemore taking batting practice today for the first time since his injury and with Donaldson looking it, it seems very likely we will be wishing Inge luck elsewhere.