Guillen to see Clete Thomas’ therapist
Clete Thomas had surprising success in his rehab program coming back from microfracture surgery on his knee. Now, the Tigers are hoping the same physical therapist can help Carlos Guillen bounce back from a similar procedure.
While the Tigers break camp and head north, Guillen is going to consult with Tampa-based physical therapist Jeremy Maddox, who worked with Thomas over the offseason after his surgery last summer.
“We’re going to go with a program very similar to that, hoping to get [Guillen] over this hump,” head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Tuesday morning.
It’s not as simple as looking at different roads back from the same surgery. Thomas had his surgery in early June; Guillen’s surgery took place in September after injuring his knee in mid-August. The injuries that prompt the surgeries are different, even if the procedure is the same.
The difference is that while Thomas was able to progress back with relatively little trouble, Guillen continues to have trouble with his surgically repaired left knee when he gets to a certain point. The Tigers aren’t treating it as an alarm that something has gone wrong, but it’s definitely a halt to the progress he had enjoyed coming into Spring Training and in the first couple weeks of camp. He took batting practice a few days ago and has taken ground balls.
“He had some increased soreness when we restarted [his program] again,” Rand said. “It’s just going to be one of those rehabs where you just have to treat him symptomically. The symptoms allow you to progress his activity. When you have to back off, you have to back off.
“It takes time, and nobody has a crystal ball as to how long that takes.”