Cleveland Indians: Cristian Guzmán Attempting Comeback 2012 Season

Bill Ford@billfordwritesCorrespondent IIIFebruary 22, 2012

WASHINGTON - JUNE 04:  Cristian Guzman #15 of the Washington Nationals hits a single in the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Nationals Park on June 4, 2010 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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Second baseman Cristian Guzmán will attempt a comeback this season with the Cleveland Indians after discussing the possibility with Indians manager Manny Acta.

Guzmán took a physical with the Indians with the hope of coming to terms to finalize a minor league contract.

Reports last March indicated that he had to miss a large amount of playing time in the 2011 season due to family issues. Guzmán later stated that he was forced to miss the entire 2011 season because of problems with his right shoulder.

After undergoing arthroscopic surgery in Oct. 2009 on his right shoulder, he developed complications from the surgery which may have led to declining numbers in 2010.

In 2010, he played for the Nationals and the Rangers hitting .266, two home runs and 26 RBI in 104 games played.

Over 11 seasons in MLB, Guzmán has 1,459 hits, 62 home runs and 467 RBI with a .271 batting average.

He is a two-time All-Star being selected in 2001 and in 2008.

He also has the honor and distinction of getting the first hit and scoring the first run at Nationals Park on March 30, 2008. Adding to the history of the Nationals, he hit for the cycle on Aug. 28, 2008 against the Dodgers.

Guzmán's family issues seem to have been rectified, and his shoulder problems seem to have subsided.

His attendance at spring training this year will make him one of 22 players who were invited, but are not on the roster.

He may not add much to the Indians' major league club this year, but he will add some depth in their minor leagues.

He will need to work hard to prove that he has the ability to bounce back from his injury, his family issues and the ability to shake off the dust from missing the entire 2011 season. If he does, he may earn his way back into the major leagues.