Guillen not likely back anytime soon
About a week has passed since Carlos Guillen received the MRI results that showed no need for surgery in his shoulder. Still, he appears no closer to getting back on the field for baseball activities, either throwing or swinging a bat. And the Tigers are relegating themselves to the likelihood that he has a long-term injury (by this season’s standards) with his shoulder.
“From everything I understand from the medical people, it’s going to be a while,” manager Jim Leyland said. “Exactly what it means, I can’t answer that. I don’t really know. It just appears that he’s got a pretty worn shoulder. It’s a pretty used shoulder, and evidently, it’s roughed up a little bit, from what I understand. But it sounds like it will be a while.”
It’s clearly frustrating for Guillen, who doesn’t want to say much about it at this point.
Exactly what that means for the Tigers heading into the summer isn’t yet clear. They’ve gotten a boost from having Clete Thomas and Josh Anderson in left field for their defense and their speed on the bases. But Guillen is also one of the veteran hitters on the team who could produce big hits. Marcus Thames’ expected return could be huge.