The Detroit Tigers thought they were on the verge of getting Omar Infante back in the lineup, but it appears he may not be back for a while.
Infante suffered a setback while playing in a minor league rehab assignment while playing with the West Michigan Whitecaps. He was getting closer to being ready to play, but after fielding a ground ball in the infield, he tweaked his ankle and now feels pain in it while walking around.
Infante hasn’t played since July 3, when Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus drilled him with an egregious takeout slide. He has already missed 18 games and was out over the All-Star break, so even the added time off wasn’t enough to heal the ankle.
Infante has been the best no. 9 hitter in baseball this year. He is hitting for a .309 batting average with six home runs and 27 RBIs. He is about as sure-fire as it gets defensively at second base, and the Tigers are a much better team with him in the lineup. The Tigers have gone 11-7 in his absence, but don’t let that fool you. They need him back as soon as possible.
The development will continue talks of whether or not Rasmus’ play was dirty. The rules of baseball call it a clean play, but it seemed anything but. It is in stark contrast to what happened with Tim Hudson after Eric Young Jr. stepped on his ankle, and immediately came to Hudson’s side to make sure he was okay.
Rasmus showed none of that class. It would have been much more acceptable if he had at least expressed a little bit of remorse for hurting him, but he just went on his merry way and hasn’t suffered in any way, while the Tigers have to wait even longer to get their second baseman back.