Brandon Inge became the latest member of the club to hit the 15-day disabled list, joining fellow regulars Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes on the sidelines with a strained right groin.
The move, which led to the promotion of infielder Adam Rosales, is retroactive to Sunday, meaning Inge is eligible to rejoin the team on May 28 in Oakland, two days before Manny Ramirez's scheduled arrival. Crisp (inner ear infection) and Cespedes (left hand) are also expected back by then, with Inge saying, "It's just a little calm before the storm, maybe."
"That would be the glass-half-full version of it," manager Bob Melvin said. "This is the time for the role players to do their thing, hold down the fort, and we do have some impact bats coming back soon."
This marks the second big league stint of the season for Rosales, though his first only included one appearance as a defensive replacement in Tokyo. He was batting .277 with two home runs and 19 RBIs in 36 games with Triple-A Sacramento and, after catching a red-eye flight on Wednesday night, was immediately inserted into the starting lineup at first base on Thursday in Texas.
Melvin said Rosales, who appeared in 32 games at shortstop and four at second base for the River Cats, could also see time at third base, with most of his starts to come against left-handers.
"When you get a call to the Major Leagues, you'll play anywhere, anytime," Rosales said. "I'm just glad to be here. I played a lot of shortstop, played third a couple of times. I've been bouncing around everywhere, and I'm sure that's what my role is here."
"He's a good defender, wherever he goes," Melvin said.
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. He admitted on Thursday morning that going on the DL was the best decision, not just for his health but for the team.
"I feel like I never really gave it a chance to rest," Inge said. "The only reason I think it wasn't getting better was because I pushed it, testing it every day and never giving it the chance to heal. It's not bad, but it's bad enough to where I couldn't play on it. So I think if I just let it heal, then I can strengthen it, no problem.
"I feel bad anytime I go on the DL. I can't stand letting the team down. But at the same time, there's nothing you can do about it. And I'd probably be hurting the team if I tried to go out and play the way I am."