August 18th, 2010

Guillen placed on 15-day disabled list

The good news on Carlos Guillen’s left knee wasn’t good enough to keep him off the disabled list. The Tigers placed their second baseman on the 15-day DL, retroactive to Tuesday, with a deep knee bruise.

To replace Guillen, the Tigers recalled second baseman Will Rhymes from Triple-A Toledo. Rhymes filled in for Guillen at second when he went on the disabled list last month with a strained calf.

Guillen’s injury happened on the game-ending double play that salvaged the Tigers’ 3-1 win over the Yankees Monday night. A hard slide from Brett Gardner sent him directly into Guillen’s knee as he fired to first for the game’s final out. Guillen limped off the field as the Tigers celebrated.

An MRI exam taken Tuesday revealed no structural or ligament damage. Still, the swelling was enough to keep him sidelined for the immediate future.

“I was fine [Monday night]. Everything was normal,” Guillen said Tuesday. “But [in the] morning, when I woke up, I felt a little bit different. I knew there was going to be a little swelling, because he got me pretty good.”

With the Tigers already short a position player to make room for an extra reliever, they couldn’t afford to go long without another.

Guillen played in seven games since coming back from the calf injury. He batted .214 (6-for-28) in that time with a double, a home run and four RBIs while providing a veteran bat behind American League MVP candidate Miguel Cabrera. Without him, the Tigers are again short-handed by two quality bats, including Magglio Ordonez.

The 27-year-old Rhymes filled in admirably for Guillen and made an impression in his first Major League stint, batting .259 (14-for-54) with three doubles, a triple and four RBIs.