Carlos Guillen is not expected to be available during the ALDS due to his lingering calf strain. Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland told reporters yesterday that it’s likely Guillen will miss the first round of the playoffs.
Guillen sustained the injury on the 18th of September. While playing the field, Guillen took an awkward first step during an attempt to cover first base on a bunt. Guillen described his leg as ‘grabbing at him’, and the second baseman had to be removed.
Guillen has been out since, and the Tigers knew from the start that this wouldn’t be a quick fix. At this point, Detroit is hoping to have Guillen back in time for the second round of the playoffs.
On the year, Guillen has only played in 28 games for the Tigers, hitting at a clip of .232/.265/.368. In Guillen’s absence, the Tigers have turned to Ryan Raburn and Ramon Santiago to cover second base.
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