August 5th, 2010

Guillen going on rehab to West Michigan

Carlos Guillen will go on a Minor League rehab assignment Friday for Class A West Michigan as the Tigers get close to gaining another regular from their injury-riddled starting lineup.
Guillen, who went on the 15-day disabled list July 25 with a strained right calf, will join the Whitecaps in time for their home game Friday night at Fifth Third Ballpark. It wasn’t immediately known if Guillen will accompany the Whitecaps on their trip from there to Dayton Saturday and Sunday.
Guillen was cleared for game action after he ran the bases without any issues Wednesday. He has taken batting practice for the better part of a week, and taken ground balls during pregame infield work for the past few days.
Guillen felt earlier that he might not need a rehab assignment, since he’s only been out of action for 11 days. However, he and the Tigers decided that some at-bats would help him regain a sense of timing at the plate with his swing before he returns to action next week.
Barring any setbacks, Guillen is expected to come off the DL when he becomes eligible next Monday. He’s expected to take his old spot at second base, where Will Rhymes has garnered the bulk of the playing time since being called up from Triple-A Toledo.

Valverde likely available today

For the first time in almost a week, it appears that the Tigers will have their closer available if they take a lead into the ninth inning. Jose Valverde said Thursday morning he was feeling better after missing the last couple days with flu-like symptoms. He then threw a bullpen session during pregame batting practice.

Thursday: Tigers vs. White Sox

Remember when Freddy Garcia used to rule in day games? When former Tigers manager Alan Trammell used to dread “Day Game Freddy”? For whatever reason, that hasn’t been the case this year. He’s 50-22 with a 3.77 ERA for his career in day games, but he’s 2-3 with a 5.89 ERA in seven afternoon starts this year. Granted, one of those starts was a July 24 disaster at Oakland, with five runs, six hits, three walks and just four outs.

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

P: Max Scherzer

  1. Juan Pierre, LF
  2. Omar Vizquel, 3B
  3. Alex Rios, CF
  4. Paul Konerko, DH
  5. Carlos Quentin, RF
  6. Mark Kotsay, 1B
  7. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  8. Ramon Castro, C
  9. Gordon Beckham, 2B

P: Freddy Garcia