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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.
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.
Most years, Carlos Guillen has come to Spring Training around the reporting date for pitchers and catchers. He hasn’t been lazy about his workouts at all. He just hasn’t been an early arrival. He was one on Monday.
It was the day pitchers and catchers held their first formal workout, officially starting off the Tigers’ 75th Spring Training in Lakeland, Fla. But it was also the day for Guillen to check in and meet with head athletic trainer Kevin Rand, who will work with the rest of the team medical staff to give Guillen a game plan for his return from microfracture surgery on his left knee.
Nobody — not Guillen, nor Rand, nor manager Jim Leyland — wants to project anymore about his chances of being active for Opening Day. But so far, Guillen says, he’s feeling all right.
“I feel good,” he said Monday morning. “I’ve been swinging the bat with no problem, both sides.”
The big thing is that he’s in good spirits. He isn’t yet running, but he said he hopes to be cleared for that later this week or next. The confidence he seems to be getting from organizational people should give him some job security for when he gets back.
To do away with the biggest question of Spring Training, Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Saturday he would leave Carlos Guillen to the team’s medical staff and trainers as he rehabs from microfracture knee surgery. On Sunday, head athletic trainer Kevin Rand confirmed the obvious, that Guillen will be limited in the early part of camp.
How limited, Rand didn’t want to try to answer until he could see Guillen later this week. Position players aren’t scheduled to report until Thursday, and Guillen has traditionally come in close to reporting day.
From there, expect a good amount of work in the weight room, and a pretty big focus on his agility as he tries to show he’s ready to handle second base. If he can do it in time for Opening Day, it’ll be some of the best news possible for Tigers personnel, who aren’t going to turn down the chance at a switch-hitting middle infielder with a track record of run production.
“The first big thing is to get him healthy,” Leyland said. “The second big thing is to see what he’s got left.”
If there was any question whether Carlos Guillen had suffered a setback in his recovery from microfracture surgery, Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski seemed to knock it down Saturday. Dombrowski was asked about Guillen’s recovery today at TigerFest, and the timetable Dombrowski gave about the same as before, with a little more encouragement.
The Tigers’ winter caravan is off and running here at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, where the Mud Hens are holding their annual Fandemonium event. That includes an appearance from manager Jim Leyland, who talked a little bit about the team. Among the topics:
- Carlos Guillen — “I don’t think he’s going to be ready to start the season,” Leyland said. “I don’t think [so], but I don’t want to put the cart before the horse.” That doesn’t mean he doubts Guillen is going to be healthy. But Leyland doesn’t expect Guillen far enough long in Spring Training to open the season at second base. “We’re hoping he’s going to be part of the mix at second. He could be a big key for us. He won’t be until he’s ready to play, obviously. But out of all the positions, that’s one where we’re pretty comfortable because we’re pretty solid. I mean, we’ve got some choices — Rhymes, Worth, Sizemore, Santiago. Raburn could play second if he had to. We’re pretty deep there, really.”
- I followed up with some folks after Leyland’s remarks, and the impression I get is that nothing has changed in Guillen’s status since last month, when Tigers people sounded more optimistic. It sounds like the Tigers are proceeding cautiously because of the nature of the surgery and how rare it is in baseball. If Guillen does have a setback or falls a little bit behind schedule and can’t play in games until the final week or two of Spring Training, they don’t want to be caught unprepared.
- Third catcher — Leyland wants to make sure somebody is ready for that role, because it’s going to come up late in close games when Alex Avila is on base and Leyland debates whether to use a pinch-runner. To that end, Leyland said Don Kelly is going to catch a little bit this Spring Training. They don’t want him to play much, but they also want him as a little more than an emergency catcher.
- Pitching coach Rick Knapp said Joel Zumaya is already throwing in Lakeland, has been for a little while, and is on track. Again, the Tigers are being cautious, but they can’t hide their optimism. “I’m praying to God [he] holds up, because he could be a huge weapon for us.”
- Leyland doesn’t know yet who will hit second in the order. It partly depends on who ends up starting at second base to begin the season. Leyland did say he would like a little bit of speed there.
- Casper Wells said his left knee, the one he tweaked near the end of his winter ball season in the Dominican, is fine. He should be ready to go.
The Tigers provided some info this morning on Carlos Guillen’s knee surgery from yesterday in New York. Guillen underwent what the club called microfracture surgery on the left knee as well as a “surgical clean-up of the degenerative changes” in the knee.
That doesn’t mean there was a fracture on the knee, and it doesn’t mean the injury came entirely from the hit. Head athletic trainer Kevin Rand compared it to a divot on the bone that might have become worse over time until the collision with Brett Gardner last month made it unplayable. The microfracture surgery promotes the healing.
Guillen won’t be able to put weight on the knee for 6-8 weeks, and won’t begin physical activity for four months, which would put him on a rehab track for January. If the surgery is successful, Guillen could be ready for Opening Day, but the feeling isn’t strong enough to say that he will.
Suffice to say, that could have a major impact on how the Tigers proceed this offseason at second base and with their search for some offense. Team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski didn’t want to talk about their future plans just yet, but he did not backtrack from comments he made last week to WDFN that they could have Will Rhymes and Scott Sizemore at second base going into next year and feel good about it.
What was already looking like a season-ending knee surgery for Tigers second baseman Carlos Guillen will get a closer look to make sure it isn’t anything worse than a deep bone bruise. Guillen will have arthroscopic surgery on his knee next Friday in New York.
Dr. Russ Warren, the doctor who originally examined Guillen’s knee when Brett Gardner’s hard slide into second base injured it last month at Yankee Stadium, will perform the procedure. Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand characterized it as a precautionary measure to make sure there’s enough time to get Guillen healed and ready for next spring if they do find any further injury.
“If we waited two months from [the original injury] and there was still pain in the knee, there wouldn’t be enough time [to recover in time for next spring],” Rand said.
Nearly three weeks after Brett Gardner slid into Carlos Guillen’s left knee, Guillen said the soreness is just as bad as it was before, as is the pinching pain he gets when he moves around sometimes.
“Maybe worse,” he said.
It’s a bad sign, obviously, and it puts his potential return this season in question.
Though Guillen said he’s walking better than he had been, he said the knee still restricts him from doing much more than that. That basically puts him in a holding pattern right now, limiting him to basic rehab activities.
Guillen will visit with team physician Dr. Stephen Lemos in the coming days. That exam might include another MRI.
“That’ll probably be something we’ll look at as we go forward,” head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Monday morning.
They’re not looking at his return anytime soon. And with four weeks left in the season, there’s a growing possibility that he’s done for the year. Leyland said he didn’t know whether Guillen would be back this season, and Guillen didn’t sound confident in his situation either.
“At this point right now, obviously we’ve got to get his knee to the point where he has no soreness,” Leyland said. “Once we get to that point, then we can increase his activity. But at the pace it’s going right now, we might run out of time.”
Other injury updates:
- Armando Galarraga said his elbow issues were different than normal pitching soreness, he said he was feeling better today. He doesn’t believe he’ll miss any starts because of it once he gets some treatment on it. Still, manager Jim Leyland indicated the Tigers could make one more September call-up because of it, certainly if it lingers. Coincidentally, Andy Oliver threw a side session at Triple-A Toledo Sunday after making his last start of the season for the Mud Hens Friday.
- Gerald Laird is still out with back issues. He’s going to get treatment Monday and Tuesday for the goal of playing Wednesday against White Sox lefty John Danks.
- Ryan Raburn is better today after what appears to be a case of food poisoning Sunday. He fell ill just before game time and stayed that way until the problem lifted overnight.
- Ryan Strieby underwent a CT scan Sunday and has an appointment coming up with hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham. There’s a real possibility he could recommend another surgery on Strieby’s ailing left wrist, which has sidelined him since the end of July. If that happens, obviously, he’ll miss the Arizona Fall League for a second straight year.