"It's just good information for me to have," Inge said. "I just want to know if there is anything I could potentially damage long term, structural damage. I'll play through any of the pain, that's fine, but it's smart to get an MRI. It's smart to cover the bases with this stuff.
"If there's nothing on film medically that shows I can't hurt anything, then it's play to pain, with whatever I can tolerate, because 15 days for me feels like an eternity, so if I can make it three to five, that's a plus."
Inge initially hoped to return to the lineup Tuesday, following the club's off-day Monday -- a timeline that's similar to the one he faced when dislocating his left shoulder on several occasions in the past. However, this is his throwing shoulder, and "it could be a little longer than we initially expected," manager Bob Melvin said.
"You hold out hope that it's not something that's going to be a while, but it could be," he said.
Adam Rosales got the start at third in Inge's place during Sunday's 7-3 loss and figures to see more time there should Inge be sidelined longer than planned. Moreover, if Inge lands on the DL, the A's will have to dip into their Triple-A depth for help, with Brandon Hicks, Josh Donaldson and maybe even Grant Green -- none of which are true third basemen -- as options. Backup infielder Eric Sogard is currently on the DL.
Inge dislocated the shoulder in the seventh inning Saturday while diving for an infield hit off the bat of Alex Rios. He stayed in the game after popping it back in place, a decision that proved to be a good one. Inge was at the center of the very next play, starting an inning-ending double play, before knocking in the go-ahead run in the next frame.
"To finish out the game in the fashion that he did -- makes a great double play right after that and then makes, up to that point, the biggest hit of the game besides Jonny Gomes' homer -- that was impressive," Melvin said. "Nothing really surprises us with him anymore."