After committing to Jonathan Sanchez for the Opening Day roster, the Pittsburgh Pirates made a commitment to Brandon Inge for a roster spot. The team had until noon today to make a decision on Inge, or allow him to walk as a major league free agent. They didn't wait that long, with Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington announcing shortly after 9:00 AM that Inge had made the team.
"This is one of those where it's a body of work," Huntington said on the reason for adding Inge. He noted that Inge was coming back from shoulder surgery last year, and was recovering well. However, Inge was hit in the shoulder blade with a fastball, and is currently suffering from that. The Pirates will shut Inge down for a few days to be cautious with the injury and allow him to get back to 100 percent. It's possible that he could open the season on the disabled list.
"It's still to be determined, but that certainly is an option," Huntington said. "As we sit here ...
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