Schlereth, Guillen take steps toward return

The injury info around Tigers camp wasn’t limited to Joel Zumaya today. Daniel Schlereth threw a bullpen session this morning without discomfort in his strained left hamstring. His last hurdle is to be able to run all-out, which he hopes to get down in the next couple days. He says he’s on track to pitch again this weekend.

Schlereth estimates he threw about 40 pitches today.

“Pitches were down for the most part,” Schlereth said, “which was a good sign.”

As for Guillen, he ran the bases for the first time today and felt fine. The big test there was changing direction as opposed to running straight ahead like he had been. He thinks a couple more times doing that, including at all-out speed, should put him close to a return. Tuesday marks three weeks left before camp breaks, and the original timetable projected Guillen to be game-ready with two weeks left.


Looks like Max had a pretty poor outing today, I will be interested to see whether there is or was some sort of problem. Hitting so far today pretty lousy again. I wish there was a radio broadcast today!

Yeah, Max couldn’t command his off speed stuff and, while he threw a few sharp fastballs, had to come in too often and they didn’t have much trouble getting to him. Furbush got through his innings but I wasn’t entirely impressed. The main issue is our hitting. Villanueva did have some good stuff and featured a nice breaking ball, but the bats were totally quiet. All the scoring came after most of the regulars (and Villanueva) had left the game. And people down here are beginning to comment on the punchless offense this week. It’s too early for the late March funk.
It’s a cliche, but today was indeed “picture perfect.” Sunny, dry and comfortably warm. I don’t mean to rub it in but we did have this coming after the cold days we’ve had the past two springs down here. Found out my seats are in the shade, at least until the time change this weekend, so I can ease off some of the sunscreen.
Among those throwing out today’s first pitch was former Tigers catcher Mike Heath. Many of you will remember him from the late 80s. He looks to be in good shape.

I have been complaining about the bats for several days now! I was probably complaining too early but, it was just a gut instinct? Heck a lot of day if Dirks wasn’t in there we wouldn’t have any hits at all. I know pitchers are ahead of hitters, however look at other teams in Florida, there hitting is picking up! Come on Tigers. Do you think Cabrera is being affected more than we thought he would?

good news on guillen…assume he’ll be dh’ing when he makes his spring debut.

Maybe things wll settle down when the final roster spots have been decided. It has to be nervewracking for many players in the clubhouse.

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