One of the questions that came up in manager Jim Leyland’s session this morning was whether he hoped to have Carlos Guillen in games next week. Next Tuesday will mark the two-week mark for what’s left of Spring Training.
Leyland was noncommittal at this point.
“Can’t answer that just yet,” Leyland said. “I mean, there will be a point that you reach where you say, ‘Well, he can be ready or he won’t be ready.’ But I’m not sure exactly what that is. We’ll come up with some time frame.”
Leyland said they have a plan ready to get him as many at-bats as possible if and when he’s ready. Since he likely won’t be able to play the field for several days in a row starting out, they’ll have days set up when he can serve as the designated hitter in minor-league spring games.
Guillen was markedly upbeat this morning, so if he’s lagging in his comeback, he isn’t showing it. He ran the bases successfully Tuesday and will likely do that a couple more times this week.