BRADENTON, Fla. -- No matter what his numbers might say, Brandon Inge isn't ready to call it a career.
Inge, who turns 36 on May 19, is batting just .156 with no home runs and no RBIs in 12 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates this spring.
Perhaps Inge is clinging to the fact that he did have some success after the Detroit Tigers released him last April. He joined the Oakland A's and batted .226 with 11 home runs and 52 RBIs in 74 games.
But in August, as the A's were battling for a playoff spot, Inge sprained his right shoulder and then reinjured it in September. Tigers orthopedic surgeon Dr. Stephen Lemos performed arthroscopic surgery to repair the injured joint, which forced Inge to miss the end of the regular season and the playoffs, including a first-round series against the Tigers.
Although Inge knew that the surgery and his age might scare off some teams, he said he never considered retiring.
"I think I'll play until someone just physically kicks me out of the game," Inge s...