A’s postgame notes: Brandon Inge getting an MRI on shoulder, and what his potential absence would mean

Remember that blog I wrote Sunday morning, when I said that A’s third baseman Brandon Inge was optimistic of playing as early as Tuesday despite his injured right shoulder? Things have changed regarding his status. We learned after the A’s 7-3 loss Sunday that Inge will fly back to Oakland on Monday to get an MRI on his shoulder after dislocating it during Saturday night’s game. Inge stayed in the game that night — even popped the shoulder back into place on his own — but it was very sore on Sunday. The A’s want to proceed cautiously with him, and Inge said he agreed with the decision to get an MRI to make sure there’s no structural damage. And though he labeled the decision as precautionary, manager Bob Melvin said the D.L. is a possibility.

This will be no minor loss if Inge is sidelined for 15 days or longer. He’s having a very strange offensive season — a .216 hitter who nonetheless has been a pretty good run producer. Inge’s 52 RBIs rank third on the A’s, and 50 of those have come since Inge joined Oakland on April 30 after being released by Detroit. He’s very solid with the glove and has scored points within the organization for his veteran leadership. He has been a good “glue” guy, as the cliche goes. But it’s tougher for veterans to wield that influence when they’re not in the lineup on a daily basis. So Inge’s status is something to keep an eye on …

–A’s pitchers have been bitten by the home run bug lately, as they’ve allowed 12 homers over the last four games alone. I’ll be interested to see Jarrod Parker’s start Tuesday at Kansas City, and whether he benefits from the two extra days of rest the A’s are giving him. A good effort from Parker would set a good tone for Oakland in the three-game series at Kauffman Stadium.

–Speaking of the Royals, their 49-65 record doesn’t mean the A’s will coast for the next three games. They’re 3-3 against Kansas City this year. Four of the games have been decided by two runs or fewer, and the Royals have held them to one run or fewer in four of those contests.

Talk to you from KC …

Joe Stiglich