Guillen could start rehab stint this weekend

That long road back for Carlos Guillen and his right shoulder looks a lot shorter now. He’s currently on track to begin a Minor League rehab assignment this weekend, which would give him a good chance to rejoin the Tigers by the end of the month.

Guillen, on the 15-day disabled list for the past two months after lingering inflammation in his shoulder forced him out of action, has been taking batting practice with the team the past few days. Not only has he felt fine doing so, he has taken extra swings.

“He’s felt very strong,” manager Jim Leyland said. “He hit a lot.”

The Tigers haven’t specified yet where Guillen would rehab, mainly because they have to figure out how to manage his stint around the All-Star break in the various minor leagues next week.

Triple-A Toledo is at home through Sunday, including a Saturday doubleheader, but then doesn’t play again until next Thursday. Double-A Erie, by contrast, returns home Friday and plays through Monday before taking a two-day break. Class A West Michigan doesn’t have a break, but is on the road until next Wednesday.

Guillen could conceivably start out with the Mud Hens, then transfer to the SeaWolves for Monday.


i feel like it has been an EON since we’ve had 10 hits in 9 innings.

French pitched well. I thought he did a good job changing the hitter’s eye level, going high and low in the zone a lot. He also moved the ball in and out effectively too. He seems to keep his cool, given the fact that he had a slim lead over arguably the best pitcher in the AL. He had a big lead in his first start. Threw strikes, good job. Hope he can continue that.
It was a night when we got some early breaks, like that chopper Polanco hit. I thought Granderson should have scored in the first on the flyball, but Thames got him home, then Thomas singled in Polanco. The 3rd run was huge in this game, good sac fly from Razor. I also thought we passed up on a couple of bunting opportunities.
We were that close to getting a sweep, missed it by THAT much……….. Cleveland is having a hard time beating anybody, so I don’t want to be struggling with those guys this weekend. Let’s hit the break on a high note.

I missed all of the Tiger scoring, but the rest of the game looked terrific – French did a great job, Leyland got him out of there in the nick of time, and the relievers all did a great job. That Lyon is making me a believer more and more with each outing. Glad to see us getting some breaks and scoring some runs off of sac fly’s and singles – means we are working with what we can against a tough pitcher.

How do you go on a 15 day DL and be out for months? I am excited, but not optimistic about Guillen – he is my Tiger but just don’t know if he has the bat still – but I am pulling for him. Might have to hit up a Hens game if he rehabs there, we have been meaning to go to a game all year and have yet to make it.

We can’t let down against the Tribe – time to take the life out of them and win this series going into the break.

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