Inge will return to Oakland for MRI on shoulder

August 13, 2012, 4:44 am
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Brandon Inge suffered a dislocated shoulder diving for a ball during the A's win over the White Sox on Saturday night and will fly to Oakland on Monday for an MRI.
He was not in the lineup on Sunday, but Bob Melvin addressed the status of his third baseman following the A's 7-3 loss Sunday afternoon.
"It may be a little bit longer than we first expected ... We're going to fly him home tomorrow, get him an MRI and have our doctors take a look at him."
Melvin was asked how tough it would be to lose the experienced Inge:
"It would be tough. He has meant a lot to our team and in our clubhouse, not just his performance on the field."
The A's skipper was also asked if he expects Inge to land on the disabled list:
"There's certainly that chance, but I don't know."
Inge, who is batting .333 over his last six games, also spoke about his status following Sunday's game.
"The only report that I really want to hear is if there's anything I can possibly damage long term, structural damage ... I'll play through any of the pain, but it's smart to get an MRI," said Inge.
On the potential of landing on the DL:
"Fifteen days for me feels like an eternity, so if I can make it three to five that's a bonus, that's a plus ... And like I told you already, I would never play if I felt like I would be a detriment to the team."
The A's have an off day on Monday, and open a three-game series in Kansas City on Tuesday before returning home to host the Cleveland Indians on Friday.

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