Detroit Tigers' Carlos Guillen: Starting Second Baseman?
The Hammer Toss Medical Beat would like to bring you this injury update. At the center of attention today is the oft-injured Carlos Guillen.
It is unfortunate to have to miss baseball so as to go earn a paycheck. The upside is that The Hammer Toss has plenty of sources that keep us informed.
One of them, Matthew Wozniak, sent me this interesting tidbit earlier; "Fox Sports Detroit showed him [Carlos Guillen] practicing double plays at second [base] today."
Is this surprising to anyone? Scott Sizemore is hitting .217 with only one long ball, and has six errors in 28 starts at second base.
To put it bluntly, there really is nothing that Sizemore contributes to the club currently that couldn't be obtained from a replacement level player.
Sizemore is below average offensively, seemingly below average defensively, and has zero stolen base attempts. The stolen base figure comes as no surprise. Not only is he nursing the after effects of a broken ankle, but he would actually have to get on base to try stealing bases.
The Tigers now have a great replacement for Sizemore in the body of slugging outfielder Brennan Boesch. His promotion could stick, if Guillen working out at second base is any indication.
The middle of the order, Miguel Cabrera aside, has been fairly lackluster thus far this season. Magglio Ordonez is showing some facsimile of his former self, and Cabrera is a triple crown candidate, but until Boesch started raking there were no other legitimate threats in the lineup.
Brandon Inge hitting .230 and striking out really does not scare anyone, nor does light hitting Gerald Laird.
Enter Boesch, who has 16RBIs in 16 games. Leave him to a corner outfield/DH tandem with Ordonez and Johnny Damon. Return Guillen from the disabled list and put him at second base.
Ship Sizemore off to the minors. I doubt anyone will miss him.
I'm sure this thought has been kicking around in manager Jim Leyland's head for over a week now. No one should be surprised by Guillen returning to the infield, seeing as we mentioned it here back in November.
Back then, however, we were thinking that Ryan Raburn would be the one staying in the outfield. Thank goodness for small miscalculations. Boesch can actually run down the ball and catch it.
The Hammer Toss will continue to stay on top of this developing situation. Stay tuned for more news as it happens.
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