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Mono knocks Brandon Inge off his feet and straight to the 15 day DL

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Well, this news is totally out of the blue.

Via the Official Tigers Twitter:

Brandon Inge placed on 15-day DL retroactive to 6/2 with mononucleosis. Tigers have recalled C Omir Santos from Toledo.

Inge has the Kissing Disease? Ewww.

Seriously, I have to wonder if two weeks rest will be enough to get the Tigers' 3rd baseman back to 100%. Inge may be under the weather for more than a month, or longer.

Via the Mayo Clinic:

Most signs and symptoms of mononucleosis ease within a few weeks, but it may be two to three months before you feel completely normal. The more rest you get, the sooner you should recover. Returning to your usual schedule too soon can increase the risk of a relapse.

I'm sure some of you can vouch for this from personal experience.

As the Tigers have called up a catcher in Omir Santos to take Inge's roster spot, they must plan on replacing him at 3rd base with players currently on the roster. On the bright side, being Inge's offensive production has fallen off a cliff, two plus weeks of Don Kelly and Danny Worth manning the position should be considered an upgrade.

Santos was up in April when Victor Martinez was on the 15 day DL, played in all of two games, getting one start. I expect more of the same this time around. Santos is mere a place holder for the return of Magglio Ordonez, which is likely to happen next week.

As much as the most tenured Tiger is loved by many, there's a sizable part of the fan base who have been hoping for the Tigers to begin life without Brandon Inge sooner than later. You've gotten your wish, at least for the short-term.