March 14th, 2011

Guillen has sore knee, comeback on hold

If it sounds like nothing new has come out on Carlos
Guillen’s comeback the last few days, there’s a reason: His surgically repaired
left knee is sore, which has put his work on hold. The knee has been sore the
last few days, according to manager Jim Leyland, and head athletic trainer
Kevin Rand said he’s getting treatment today.

You might remember Guillen saying Friday he’ll know by the
end of this week if he has a chance at making Opening Day. Leyland wasn’t
outright ruling it out yet, but he’s choosing his words carefully.

“I would say the clock’s ticking,” Leyland said
Monday morning.

First reaction would probably not be surprise, given his
injury history the last few days and the microfracture surgery he had last
September. But considering how well he was progressing for the first half of
camp, there were serious hopes he could be ready.

“There was one point where I thought he had a good
chance to be the Opening Day second baseman,” Leyland said.

Now, the second base competition pretty much has full
clearance to be a fight for the Opening Day spot. Will Rhymes starts against the
Nationals today; Scott Sizemore was on the trip to Sarasota to face the Orioles
yesterday. Danny Worth is also solidly in the mix.

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