Zumaya, Guillen formally ruled out for opener
Not breaking news by any stretch, long suspected, but now pretty much official: Joel Zumaya and Carlos Guillen will not be ready for Opening Day. Manager Jim Leyland made that announcement this morning.
Earlier Tuesday morning, Guillen confirmed his left knee has been sore for the past few days. It was better today, but still not completely clear. There was something going on in the back of his leg, he said, but it wasn’t the knee injury.
Zumaya said Tuesday morning that he’s feeling improvement in his elbow. Still, they’re most likely going to give him to full the full two weeks before trying to get him throwing again.
Both Zumaya and Guillen will stay back here after the Tigers head north. They’ll be part of extended Spring Training and open the season on the disabled list.
By stating the expected now rather than later, the Tigers not only end the speculation, they head off any risk of one of them trying to rush back to action and re-injuring himself. Neither of them sounded likely to rush, having been through enough injuries and re-injuries the last few years to know better.