AL Central Notes: Inge, Royals, Hernandez, Twins

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Here's the latest from around the AL Central…

  • Brandon Inge will be given a chance at the Tigers' second base job during Spring Training, manager Jim Leyland told reporters (including John Lowe of the Detroit Free Press).  Inge joins Ryan Raburn and Ramon Santiago in battling for playing time at second.  With Miguel Cabrera now playing third, Inge finds himself without a position.  Inge has been a strong defensive third baseman throughout his career (a +5.6 UZR/150) but he has never played second during his 14-year professional career.
  • Rany Jazayerli thinks the Royals should have acquired at least one more proven starting pitcher this offseason, arguing that such a move could have possibly given Kansas City a shot at the division title.
  • Roberto Hernandez (a.k.a. Fausto Carmona) is visiting baseball camps in the Dominican Republic to teach young players not to lie about their identity or true age, writes Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.  Jorge Brito, Hernandez's agent, didn't say whether these visits were necessary for Hernandez to regain his ability to leave the Dominican and rejoin the Indians.
  • MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger gives his thoughts about what the Twins' Opening Day roster could look like.


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28 Comments on "AL Central Notes: Inge, Royals, Hernandez, Twins"


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3 years 4 months ago

“a.k.a. Fausto Carmona” lmao. Just thinking about all the casual Indians fans that are going to be confused come April when Fauxsto Carmona takes the mound and the commentators call him Heredia.

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Harthan
3 years 4 months ago

 I heard somewhere that his proper last name is Hernandez, i.e., people should call him that.  Something about Heredia being his mother’s name.

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3 years 4 months ago

In LatinAmerica,by law  people use both the last name of the father and the maiden name of the mother. So he is Roberto Hernández Heredia in his ID papers.

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tycobb
3 years 4 months ago

I`m not sure if Tigers fans are ready for Inge 2.0 !

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chico65
3 years 4 months ago

I’m not sure Tiger fans are ready for 3/4 of their infield consisting of Fielder, Cabrera, and Inge.  What’s next, Laird at short?   

 

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redsx968
3 years 4 months ago

Inge just never goes away, does he. When I picture baseball in 2040 I still picture Inge playing the hot corner for the Tigers

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3 years 4 months ago

Tigers should just leave Inge at 3rd and have Cabrera just pick a spot in the 2B hole and lay down, that way he will cover the most ground possible

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JacksTigers
3 years 4 months ago

You do know that Cabrera lost a bunch of weight, right?

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3 years 4 months ago

Listen…i think Cabrera is one of the best hitters, if not the best hitter right now in baseball. But a month spent on Nutrisystem isnt going to make him a better fielder.

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JacksTigers
3 years 4 months ago

He’s down to 250 and plans on being down to 235 by Opening Day.

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3 years 4 months ago

“He’s down to 250…” that just sounds weird in positive connotation.

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j6takish
3 years 4 months ago

Cabrera is 6’4 and a professional athlete. He’d be in pretty good shape at 235

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j6takish
3 years 4 months ago

Cabrera is 6’4 and a professional athlete. He’d be in pretty good shape at 235

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JacksTigers
3 years 4 months ago

At 6’4? Sandavol is 262 and only 5’11”.

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3 years 4 months ago

Instead of the Royals signing Broxton, maybe they should have saved that money and given a better effort  to have signed Roy Oswalt. I liked the Royals bullpen even before the signing of Brox.
Come on Dayton, do something! I know Duquette won’t!

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twenty1thirteen
3 years 4 months ago

I think the Broxton singing was to potentially move Crow to the rotation. But yeah, it would have been nice to get Oswalt for one year. My guess is that they inquired, and he doesn’t have any interest in playing here.

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Red_Line_9
3 years 4 months ago

The Royals deal for pitching is likely coming around Memorial Day. 

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3 years 4 months ago

Oswalt most likely didn’t want to sign with the Royals in the first place. Why would he?

Also, Oswalt has degenerative disc disease. I doubt he pitches 140 innings and that’s being generous.