Inge inching close to activation from DL

Inge inching close to activation from DL

Inge inching close to activation from DL
OAKLAND -- When rosters expand Saturday, the A's could bring in a handful of young faces. But none will be welcomed in more than an elder one.

Third baseman Brandon Inge, sidelined by a sprained right shoulder for the past three weeks, is expected to be activated from the disabled list, barring any setbacks during Friday's workouts. The timing couldn't be any better, after Josh Donaldson left Friday's game with a right hip flexor injury. He's been deemed day-to-day.

"Knowing [Inge], hopefully he doesn't do some sort of a belly flop out there or a couple of somersaults," manager Bob Melvin said, smiling. "We'll get him through the workout today and, if all goes well, there's a good chance we'll activate him [Saturday]."

Inge had started 62 of the A's last 65 games at third base prior to his injury, with Donaldson getting the majority of time there since -- and excelling. Donaldson is 22-for-64 with six doubles, four home runs and 14 RBIs in 17 games with Oakland, and his production figures to garner him more playing time even when Inge is back on board.

As for other help, it's unknown what positions will get strengthened Saturday. Triple-A Sacramento is currently engaging in their sixth straight postseason, but that won't be a factor in who the A's choose to call up.

"I think the important thing for us is getting people that can help you at a particular time," Melvin said. "You don't want to overdo it and just have people here you potentially don't use. That's kind of what we're weighing right now. Who are the guys we are going to use at this point in time?"

Second baseman Jemile Weeks, who is batting .419 with nine RBIs in seven games with Triple-A Sacramento since his demotion, could be headed back to Oakland as early as Saturday, and the A's would likely want to bring in relief help, as well.