ARLINGTON -- A routine play gone awry for Josh Donaldson in Wednesday's 4-1 loss in Texas was followed by news that regular third baseman Brandon Inge likely wouldn't be resuming everyday duties any time soon.
On Thursday, the A's placed Inge on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Sunday. They recalled infielder Adam Rosales from Triple-A Sacramento to take Inge's place.
Manager Bob Melvin had said prior to Wednesday's game that Inge could potentially be available for Thursday's matinee contest against the Rangers, only to come back with an "I doubt it" when asked of Inge's prognosis following the game.
"From the beginning, I kind of downplayed it a little bit," Inge admitted Wednesday night. "It wasn't something I was trying to hide from them, but I really thought having dealt with this in Spring Training that I could cope with it and make it through it really quick."
However, it was Inge's left groin the first time around, and he didn't have much say in Detroit's decision to DL him, so he was able to give it five consecutive days to rest.
"This one, I've been wanting to get back on it maybe too quickly, going after it every day to try to get it better, which isn't giving it time to heal," he said. "Today, running, it was a little worse. I think that instead of doing this battle for so long, I need to shut it down, because I want to get back quick."
Inge's absence from the lineup follows an eye-popping week in which the veteran tallied four four-RBI games with four home runs -- two of them grand slams -- in a five-day span.
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