If there was any question whether Carlos Guillen had suffered a setback in his recovery from microfracture surgery, Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski seemed to knock it down Saturday. Dombrowski was asked about Guillen’s recovery today at TigerFest, and the timetable Dombrowski gave about the same as before, with a little more encouragement.
“The doctor said he’s further ahead than what he even anticipated,” Dombrowski said. “He’s in a position where the doctor projects that Carlos should be able to play in games around the middle of March. But still, until you go out there and you start pounding day in and day out in Spring Training, I think you won’t get a total feel until that takes place. But right now, [the news is] very encouraging on how he feels.”
The timetable itself creates the uncertainty that creates the doubt. He’s expected to be able to play in games with about two weeks left in Spring Training. Will that be enough time for Guillen to be ready to play second base on Opening Day? The Tigers have reason for optimism that he will, but they also have to be prepared that he won’t.
Guillen was not available for comment.
Dave Dombrowski had finished up his question-and-answer session with fans this morning when he did a group interview with the media. Among the topics that came up was an update on trade talks for Armando Galarraga, whom the Tigers have a little less than a week to move (trade, release or outright to minors).
Dombrowski sounded quite confident it’s going to be a trade.
“We’re making some progress on some trade talks at this point,” Dombrowski said. “Not quite sufficient to make any announcements, but I would think by the middle of next week we would be in a position where we would make a deal.”
Asked then if a trade is likely, Dombrowski said, “Yes, I think it’s likely.”
The Tigers will honor Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson, from a patch on their right sleeves to the retirement of his number 11 on the brick wall at Comerica Park.
Team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski made the announcement Saturday morning during his annual question-and-answer session at TigerFest.
“To me, there’s no greater honor for a franchise to bestow upon an individual than to retire his number,” Dombrowski said. “It’s happened very few times in Tiger history, with all the great players that have been through.”
The Tigers will begin the honors by wearing the patch during Spring Training games. The patch, in the shape of home plate, features “Sparky” and his number 11. The team will raise a flag to remember him before their home opener April 8. The ceremony to retire his number will take place at a game to be determined.