MLB notes: Tigers release veteran Inge

Detroit Tigers' Brandon Inge loosens up before hitting in the batting cage during a workout before...

Detroit Tigers' Brandon Inge loosens up before hitting in the batting cage during a workout before a spring training baseball game against the New York Yankees in Tampa, Florida. (REUTERS)

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Brandon Inge was released Thursday by the Detroit Tigers, as the veteran infielder's sluggish 2011 season dragged over into 2012.

"I could kind of see how things were going," Inge told the Detroit Free Press. "But there are no hard feelings whatsoever. This is my family. This is where I've been my whole career. I'll miss the guys -- I will."

The 34-year-old had become a part-time second baseman after hitting just .197 at third base last season.

Inge had been with the Tigers since 2001, when he broke into the major leagues as a catcher.

He said he will look for another place to play.

"But my heart will always be in Detroit 100% forever. I appreciate everything that's happened here and every opportunity that I've been given. But it's a business when you come down to it. I hope the team does well. I hope they go on to win it all."

Inge was replaced on the roster by outfielder/first baseman Brad Eldred, 31, who was called up from triple-A Toledo.

The Tigers, who have struggled with their pitching, made two other roster moves, recalling Brayan Villarreal and Luke Putkonen from Toledo and demoting Adam Wilk and Thad Weber.

Wilk compiled a 0-3 record with an 8.18 ERA, after allowing six runs in two-plus innings Wednesday. Weber was 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA.

Villarreal, 24, made three appearances earlier this season for the Tigers pitching 1.1 innings without allowing a run.

Putkonen, 25, will make his first appearance on a major league roster.

BAD NEWS FOR BOSOX

Carl Crawford has been diagnosed with an injured ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow which will not require surgery, CSNNE.com reported Thursday.

It is not known how long the Boston Red Sox outfielder will be sidelined. He has yet to play in the majors this season.

Crawford injured the elbow as he rehabbed from surgery on his left wrist. He was shut down from throwing at extended spring training, but the problem persisted.

Crawford was scheduled for a visit this week with orthopedist Dr. James Andrews.

DUFFY AILING BUT ALL RIGHT

Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy, bothered by a sore elbow, will not start Friday as scheduled.

The 23-year-old left-handed indicated on Twitter it wasn't serious, writing, "I appreciate all the love! The elbow is feelin good, feelin alrighttt, yeaaa. Ill be back next start!"

Duffy is 1-2 with a 3.63 earned-run average.

PELFREY'S SEASON LIKELY OVER

New York Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey will visit Dr. James Andrews on Friday and is likely to have season-ending Tommy John surgery, the team said Thursday.

Pelfrey, 28, went on the disabled list Tuesday because of swelling in his right elbow.

"I think surgery is about 99% (certain)," he said.

Pelfrey was 0-0 with a 2.29 ERA in three starts this season.

The Mets said Chris Schwinden would start Friday's series opener against Colorado.

DAY-TO-DAY AFTER BEANING

First baseman Chris Parmelee showed no signs of a concussion Thursday, a day after being hit on the head by a pitch, the Minnesota Twins said.

A fastball by Justin Thomas of the Boston Red Sox caught Parmelee on the helmet in the sixth inning.

Parmelee reported having a headache after being taken from the game. He was re-examined Thursday and listed as day-to-day.

The 24-year-old is hitting .260 with no homers and two RBI in 50 at-bats.

BRIEFLY

Baltimore Orioles pitcher Zach Britton will throw in the bullpen Friday to test a left-shoulder injury that has bothered him since last August. The 24-year-old has been on the disabled list since the season started ... Chicago Cubs pitcher won't return from the disabled list Sunday as scheduled because he still has weakness in his right shoulder ... Cardinals infielder/outfielder Allen Craig (knee surgery) could be back with St. Louis next week after he completes a rehab assignment at triple-A Memphis ...


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