May 18th, 2010

Clete Thomas has MRI on left knee

While Brennan Boesch tears it up in Detroit and Casper Wells gets a taste of the big leagues, Clete Thomas is battling a knee injury at Triple-A Toledo. He flew to Colorado on Tuesday for an MRI exam on his left knee and a visit with a doctor, according to the Toledo Blade. Thomas has been out for about a week.

Thomas missed much of the final couple weeks of Spring Training with a shoulder injury that hampered his chances of making the club. He hit .389 (14-for-36) this spring with a home run, three RBIs and 10 runs scored.

The Mud Hens haven’t filled Thomas’ roster spot just yet, presumably because Ryan Strieby is very close to a return from his wrist injury.

Tuesday: Tigers vs. White Sox

Same lineup as yesterday for the Tigers, and it looks pretty much the same for the White Sox. The only difference, they hope, is the weather. It doesn’t appear to be raining at the ballpark right now, and they should be able to get in this game before the rain returns late this afternoon or tonight.


  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Damon, DH
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, LF
  6. Inge, 3B
  7. Santiago, 2B
  8. Laird, C
  9. Everett, SS

P: Rick Porcello


  1. Juan Pierre, LF
  2. Omar Vizquel, 2B
  3. Andruw Jones, RF
  4. Paul Konerko, 1B
  5. Armando Rios, CF
  6. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  7. Carlos Quentin, DH
  8. Mark Teahen, 3B
  9. Alexei Ramirez, SS

P: Freddy Garcia

Guillen looking at Saturday rehab start

It appears the rain in Detroit might have washed out the chances of seeing Carlos Guillen start his rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo while the Mud Hens are at home. With the tarp on the field at Comerica Park this morning, Guillen was not able to run the bases, so he’ll have to pick up that part of his rehab again Wednesday morning at Triple-A Toledo.

Guillen said today he’ll probably run the bases Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at Toledo. He could then start his rehab assignment Saturday, when the Mud Hens begin their road trip at Syracuse. That would put him on track to face Nationals uberprospect Stephen Strasburg, who will probably face the Mud Hens on Sunday.

How long will Guillen need to rehab, then? Still no idea. The Tigers begin their next homestand next Friday, but Guillen will have had five rehab games tops by then, since the Hens have an off-day next Wednesday in the middle of their trip. And the last thing Guillen wants to do right now is rush his rehab and tweak his hamstring again.