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Guillen placed on 15-day disabled list

The good news on Carlos Guillen’s left knee wasn’t good enough to keep him off the disabled list. The Tigers placed their second baseman on the 15-day DL, retroactive to Tuesday, with a deep knee bruise.

To replace Guillen, the Tigers recalled second baseman Will Rhymes from Triple-A Toledo. Rhymes filled in for Guillen at second when he went on the disabled list last month with a strained calf.

Guillen’s injury happened on the game-ending double play that salvaged the Tigers’ 3-1 win over the Yankees Monday night. A hard slide from Brett Gardner sent him directly into Guillen’s knee as he fired to first for the game’s final out. Guillen limped off the field as the Tigers celebrated.

An MRI exam taken Tuesday revealed no structural or ligament damage. Still, the swelling was enough to keep him sidelined for the immediate future.

“I was fine [Monday night]. Everything was normal,” Guillen said Tuesday. “But [in the] morning, when I woke up, I felt a little bit different. I knew there was going to be a little swelling, because he got me pretty good.”

With the Tigers already short a position player to make room for an extra reliever, they couldn’t afford to go long without another.

Guillen played in seven games since coming back from the calf injury. He batted .214 (6-for-28) in that time with a double, a home run and four RBIs while providing a veteran bat behind American League MVP candidate Miguel Cabrera. Without him, the Tigers are again short-handed by two quality bats, including Magglio Ordonez.

The 27-year-old Rhymes filled in admirably for Guillen and made an impression in his first Major League stint, batting .259 (14-for-54) with three doubles, a triple and four RBIs.

Guillen sore, but should be fine after double play

Carlos Guillen said after his collision on Monday’s game-ending double play that his left knee was “a little sore, but it’ll be fine.”

He didn’t say anything about playing Tuesday, saying he would need to see how it feels when he comes in Tuesday afternoon.

He had no issue with the slide from Yankees speedster Brett Gardner, nor did Tigers manager Jim Leyland. He anticipated a play, which is why he released the ball so quickly. Still, he was able to make an accurate throw even as Gardner collided with his left leg while he was still in his throwing motion.

“I have to make that play,” Guillen said. “I have to stay in as long as I can and make a good throw.”

His teammates were glad he did.

“I say thank God for getting the double play,” closer Jose Valverde said.

Guillen going on rehab to West Michigan

Carlos Guillen will go on a Minor League rehab assignment Friday for Class A West Michigan as the Tigers get close to gaining another regular from their injury-riddled starting lineup.
Guillen, who went on the 15-day disabled list July 25 with a strained right calf, will join the Whitecaps in time for their home game Friday night at Fifth Third Ballpark. It wasn’t immediately known if Guillen will accompany the Whitecaps on their trip from there to Dayton Saturday and Sunday.
Guillen was cleared for game action after he ran the bases without any issues Wednesday. He has taken batting practice for the better part of a week, and taken ground balls during pregame infield work for the past few days.
Guillen felt earlier that he might not need a rehab assignment, since he’s only been out of action for 11 days. However, he and the Tigers decided that some at-bats would help him regain a sense of timing at the plate with his swing before he returns to action next week.
Barring any setbacks, Guillen is expected to come off the DL when he becomes eligible next Monday. He’s expected to take his old spot at second base, where Will Rhymes has garnered the bulk of the playing time since being called up from Triple-A Toledo.

Guillen agrees (generally) with Guillen

When White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen aired his views on the language barrier Latino players face compared with players who come in from the Far East, it wasn’t anything he hadn’t said before over the years. It also wasn’t anything that hasn’t been said by another guy named Guillen.

Carlos Guillen has emerged in recent years as someone willing to express his views on the challenges Latino players face. He talked privately last year about the good that could come from having a Spanish-speaking interpreter in a Major League clubhouse. When Ozzie Guillen said what he said, it sounded familiar.

“Twenty percent of the big-league players, they’re from South America,” Carlos Guillen said Tuesday morning. “Translators? We don’t have them. Personal trainers? We don’t have them. It’s like, ‘Hey, good luck, guys.’ They don’t know if you speak English or if you can’t understand whatever they’re going to say.”

The Tigers have been pretty aggressive in trying to help players from Latin America prepare for and adjust to life in the states. They have someone at their Gulf Coast League headquarters in Lakeland whose job is centered on language and cultural instruction. They also have English instruction at their summer league teams in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.

Carlos Guillen said he took English classes in the Astros farm system but still doesn’t feel comfortable with the language to this day.

“You guys are in here every day in the big league clubhouse,” Carlos Guillen said to reporters. “Can you imagine the minor leagues? It’s hard for you guys to understand what we’re trying to say. Sometimes you guys put in something wrong, and it’s not your fault.

Other times, he said, it isn’t about dealing the media, but with the staff.

“How are you going to explain to the manager or the trainer or the doctor the way you feel? How? It’s hard,” Guillen said.

“The communication is the key for everything, I think,” Guillen said. “Your family, your home, if you have good communication with your kids, it’s going to be better. It’s the same thing here. When you have good communication with your teammates, with everybody, you feel more comfortable.”

Ordonez, Guillen heading to DL

UPDATE: Another source confirms Blade report: Larish and Rhymes are heading to Detroit.

Late news from Detroit and Toledo is that Carlos Guillen will join Magglio Ordonez on the 15-day disabled list Sunday morning. With Guillen’s right calf strain and the Tigers already short-handed, they couldn’t wait it out. Ordonez is expected to miss 6-8 weeks with a broken right ankle.

According to the Toledo Blade, the Tigers will purchase the contracts of slugging corner infielder Jeff Larish and second baseman Will Rhymes from the Mud Hens on Sunday. Both were supposedly informed of the moves after the game. Neither is on the 40-man roster, so the Tigers will have to make some moves.

The 27-year-old Larish, a Tiger for parts of the last two seasons before being taken off the 40-man roster over the offseason, is batting .275 with 15 home runs and 55 RBIs for the Hens. He can play third base, has been there much of the season for the Hens, and probably will get some time there in Detroit now with Sizemore still being treated cautiously with his hip injury.

Plus, plain and simple, Larish is a left-handed power hitter. If he’s right, he has a chance to be a run producer, and the Tigers desperately need some of that with Ordonez out.

Rhymes, also 27, has never been in the Majors, but he has hit his way to the cusp of the big leagues this season. His .304 batting average ranks fifth in the International League to go with a league-high six triples, 19 doubles, 34 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. He has a chance to play a bigger role than one might expect in Detroit.

Thursday: Tigers vs. Jays

Two lineup adjustments of note: Magglio Ordonez is at DH today because he’s nursing a sore ankle that has supposedly been bothering him since last weekend at Cleveland. He was a question mark for manager Jim Leyland this morning until he said he could at least hit. Carlos Guillen is out competely for a previously scheduled personal day. Ramon Santiago and Danny Worth comprise the starting double-play combo today, batting eighth and ninth respectively.

TIGERS
  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Damon, LF
  3. Ordonez, DH
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Raburn, RF
  6. Sizemore, 3B
  7. Laird, C
  8. Santiago, 2B
  9. Worth, SS
P: Justin Verlander
BLUE JAYS
  1. Dewayne Wise, LF
  2. Yunel Escobar, SS
  3. Jose Bautista, RF
  4. Vernon Wells, CF
  5. Adam Lind, DH
  6. Aaron Hill, 2B
  7. Lyle Overbay, 1B
  8. John Buck, C
  9. Edwin Encarnacion, 3B
P: Ricky Romero

Inge to DL, Fien recalled

The Tigers need an extra arm in the bullpen at the moment more than they need a third baseman to replace injured Brandon Inge. So Detroit placed Inge on the 15-day disabled list and recalled right-hander Casey Fien from Triple-A Toledo Tuesday afternoon to provide an extra arm while it ponders what to do at third base.
Inge is expected to be out 4-6 weeks after fracturing a bone in his left hand Monday night against the Rangers.
After Monday’s 14-inning loss to Texas, a fourth-inning exit from Andy Oliver Sunday afternoon and a day-night doubleheader that included another extra-inning game Saturday, Detroit’s bullpen has pitched 20.2 innings over five games in four days since the All-Star break. Five relievers pitched Monday night, including closer Jose Valverde for the second consecutive day.
That left the Tigers looking for an extra arm to handle work Tuesday night if Armando Galarraga can’t work deep into the game. Enter Fien, who was up with the Tigers for two days a few weeks ago before Ryan Perry returned. Fien pitched two scoreless innings June 30 at Minnesota.
Fien’s arrival means third base will fall to the Detroit’s utilitymen for at least Tuesday. With the Rangers starting right-hander Tommy Hunter Tuesday night, Don Kelly appears likely to get the start at third base for the second time in three days. Kelly gave Inge a day off Sunday at Cleveland and replaced him at third base in the fifth inning Monday. 
Once the Tigers get their bullpen back in order, they have a few options to replace Inge positionally. Jeff Larish has been the primary third baseman at Triple-A Toledo, and is batting .298 with 12 doubles, 10 home runs and 36 RBIs since June 1, but the Tigers didn’t consider Larish an everyday third baseman during his stints in Detroit. He was playing there to enhance his versatility.
Scott Sizemore, the Tigers’ Opening Day second baseman, has hit well since coming back from injuries and could feasibly return to the big leagues if the Tigers move Carlos Guillen to third. However, Sizemore just recently came off the DL with a hip injury, and Guillen hasn’t played third base since spending half the ’08 season there.
Guillen likely won’t have a problem moving again. How he does there remains to be seen. His middle infield instincts have allowed him to handle second base a little better than expected.
Detroit’s best defensive option could be to go with Kelly, an infielder by trade coming up through the Tigers farm system before adding outfield to his resume in recent years in the Pirates and Diamondbacks organizations. He’s batting .219 (25-for-114) with Detroit this year with three doubles, a home run and eight RBIs. Fellow Tigers utilityman Ryan Raburn also has experience at third base.

Monday: Tigers at Twins

What was expected to be a day off for Carlos Guillen is actually a day at DH. Jim Leyland decided to keep Guillen in the lineup, but will get him a day out of the field.

TIGERS

  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Raburn, 2B
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, LF
  6. Guillen, DH
  7. Inge, 3B
  8. Laird, C
  9. Worth, SS

P: Jeremy Bonderman

TWINS

  1. Denard Span, CF
  2. Orlando Hudson, 2B
  3. Joe Mauer, C
  4. Justin Morneau, 1B
  5. Jason Kubel, RF
  6. Michael Cuddyer, 3B
  7. Jim Thome, DH
  8. Delmon Young, LF
  9. Nick Punto, SS

P: Francisco Liriano

When outfielders, infielders collide …

By Monday morning, most of the Tigers had seen the play from Sunday night’s Rangers-Twins game, where Denard Span and Orlando Hudson collided in shallow center field and banged knees. Span eventually got up OK, but Hudson was undergoing tests Monday. It’s the kind of play more than a few Tigers have encountered.

Without that kind of play, Magglio Ordonez might never have become a Tiger. His collision forced him to undergo knee surgery and arguably led the White Sox to let him walk as a free agent. Johnny Damon has been injured on a play like that. Carlos Guillen has been involved in those types of plays. Ex-Tiger Placido Polanco was involved in one too.
“There’s so many balls that dump in there,” Damon said, “and both guys are trying to get it.”
 Said Guillen: “You have to keep it simple. You have to communicate.”

Guillen looking at Saturday rehab start

It appears the rain in Detroit might have washed out the chances of seeing Carlos Guillen start his rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo while the Mud Hens are at home. With the tarp on the field at Comerica Park this morning, Guillen was not able to run the bases, so he’ll have to pick up that part of his rehab again Wednesday morning at Triple-A Toledo.

Guillen said today he’ll probably run the bases Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at Toledo. He could then start his rehab assignment Saturday, when the Mud Hens begin their road trip at Syracuse. That would put him on track to face Nationals uberprospect Stephen Strasburg, who will probably face the Mud Hens on Sunday.

How long will Guillen need to rehab, then? Still no idea. The Tigers begin their next homestand next Friday, but Guillen will have had five rehab games tops by then, since the Hens have an off-day next Wednesday in the middle of their trip. And the last thing Guillen wants to do right now is rush his rehab and tweak his hamstring again.

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