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Tigers turn to Guillen at second

Posted on: July 16, 2011 1:43 pm
Edited on: July 16, 2011 1:49 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

The Tigers have been searching for a regular second baseman throughout the season, and it appears their latest attempt will be former shortstop/third baseman/designated hitter/left-fielder Carlos Guillen. The former All-Star did play 47 games at second last season, but he's missed all of the 2011 season after having microfracture surgery on his knee.

Guillen has been activated and is in the lineup Saturday against the White Sox.

“We’re bringing Carlos back to play second base,” Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said (Detroit Free-Press). “The reports are that he’s swinging the bat very well, and we think he can help us offensively. In the field, he can catch the ball and he can turn double plays. His range isn’t great, and we know that.”

The move is noteworthy because of the revolving door the Tigers have had at second this season. Entering Saturday, Ryan Raburn had logged the most starts at second with 38. Ramon Santiago has started 17 times, Will Rhymes 17, Scott Sizemore 17 and Danny Worth two.

Guillen, 35, can still swing the bat well if he can stay on the field. He's made the All-Star team three times due mostly to offense. He's a career .286/.357/.445 hitter.

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hotmeuly
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 7:46 pm
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:46 am
 

Tigers turn to Guillen at second

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Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: July 17, 2011 7:34 am
 

Tigers turn to Guillen at second

It's a good thing that Guillen is back playing again for the Tigers. Not only does he adds another bat to the lineup,but also brings back some type of stabillity at second base because the Tigers haven't had that since he's been out of the lineup for quite some time. The players who have played there had their chance to become the everyday starter at 2B,but failed to take advantage of the situation. The players that have played 2B will either play "spot-duty" at 2B or at another infield position because of Guillen's inabillity to play everyday due to the surgery.CoolSmile



Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: July 17, 2011 7:04 am
 

Tigers turn to Guillen at second

Shows you how desperate and depleted we are at second base. That's just the beginning.  At last Leyland pulled Inge who refused to swing at the balls going right down the pipe but instead chose to swing at the ones bouncing up there.  Time is now for Mr. I to put a fire on the back side of Leyland and Dombrowski. Need help in pitching and a bat NOW. We have Verlander and Max is so-so and that's it. Boesh needs to be traded because he's now in the habit of thinking his bat is a 9 iron.



Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: July 16, 2011 11:21 pm
 

Tigers turn to Guillen at second

Get him healthy enough to trade him!



Since: Apr 9, 2009
Posted on: July 16, 2011 5:23 pm
 

Tigers turn to Guillen at second

I give him 2 weeks before he pulls a hammy and is out for the 7 months.


burfboy
Since: May 20, 2011
Posted on: July 16, 2011 3:20 pm
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