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.