Brandon Inge underwent shoulder surgery last September, effectively ending his season with the Oakland Athletics. Since then, he became a free agent and eventually signed a minor league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Inge is hoping to break camp with the Pirates on their Major League roster, but much of that will depend on the health of his shoulder.
It's clear that Inge has been rehabbing the shoulder. He just may have been doing so in a strange way. According to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, Inge participated in MMA training during the offseason as part of his training program.
Brandon Inge, coming off shoulder surgery, spent part of his offseason doing MMA training with @barwismethods.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) February 18, 2013
Inge struggled to find a team this offseason after the A's let him go via free agency. He has always been a light hitter, but Inge seemed to especially struggle over the last couple seasons. Last year, he hit .218/.275/.383. In his career, he is a .234/.303/.387.
Despite his struggles at the plate, the Detroit Tigers kept Inge around for a long time. He played 12 seasons in Detroit before being released and picked up by the A's last season.