Guillen has microfracture knee surgery (updated)
The Tigers provided some info this morning on Carlos Guillen’s knee surgery from yesterday in New York. Guillen underwent what the club called microfracture surgery on the left knee as well as a “surgical clean-up of the degenerative changes” in the knee.
That doesn’t mean there was a fracture on the knee, and it doesn’t mean the injury came entirely from the hit. Head athletic trainer Kevin Rand compared it to a divot on the bone that might have become worse over time until the collision with Brett Gardner last month made it unplayable. The microfracture surgery promotes the healing.
Guillen won’t be able to put weight on the knee for 6-8 weeks, and won’t begin physical activity for four months, which would put him on a rehab track for January. If the surgery is successful, Guillen could be ready for Opening Day, but the feeling isn’t strong enough to say that he will.
Suffice to say, that could have a major impact on how the Tigers proceed this offseason at second base and with their search for some offense. Team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski didn’t want to talk about their future plans just yet, but he did not backtrack from comments he made last week to WDFN that they could have Will Rhymes and Scott Sizemore at second base going into next year and feel good about it.