Thursday, January 20, 2011
Tigers Caravan gets rolling, Guillen is a question mark.
As members of the Detroit Tigers kick off their spring caravan across the state of Michigan this season, Manager Jim Leyland made a few comments to the Detroit News regarding the “state of the Tigers”.
Surprisingly one of the comments contradicted what the team has been saying all winter long about Carlos Guillen. The team has said all along that Carlos Guillen was expected to be ready for spring training, yesterday in Toledo during the first stop of the Tigers annual winter caravan, Leyland admitted that “I don’t think he’s going to be ready to start”. Guillen, of course, is coming off microfracture surgery on his left knee, that kept him from performing any activities since September when the surgery was performed.
Leyland also acknowledged that he was comfortable with any of the following filling in for Guillen at various positions, until he is healthy; Will Rhymes, Danny Worth, Scott Sizemore, Ramon Santiago and Ryan Raburn.
Leyland also commented about the team’s newest starter, Brad Penny “He’s a horse, he’s good, but we have to keep him healthy…The Cardinals were really pleased with the way he started the year (for them), but then he got hurt – and that’s happened in the past. So as I said, we’ll have to keep him healthy”.