Inge called up, Rivera sent down in Detroit Tigers Posted May 29, 2002 Q, I think we mostly agree... I not at all against given Meluskey a legit shot at the starting job IF he can prove he can be healthy and if he can prove he can still hit (remember, he was hitting only .222 when he was DL'ed).I'm mostly trying to talk to those people who are saying he's a proven hitter (he isn't) and should be handed the job.Young, in my opinion, is a proven hitter. He's hit .300 or better in four consecutive years. Meluskey's got promise with his bat, no question at all. But there are some people out there annointing him as a year-in-year-out .300 or better hitter, and basing that on one year is silly. Yes, he hit .300+ in the minors, and yes, minor league stats do have some bearing on a player, but after that year in the minors and that year in the major, Meluskey's had shoulder surgery (for a second time) and now back problems that have kept on the DL for an extended time.There is a large question mark concerning his ability to return to that .300 form, if it wasn't a fluke.Please don't misunderstand me. I WANT him to come back. I WANT him to push Inge, Rivera, Walbeck, whoever for the starting job. If nothing else, it gives up options in case of future injuries or trades. I am not, however, really to give him a starting job if he can't prove he's up to it (health wise or offense wise).