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Time line for Carlos Guillen?

I'm guessing this is how Carlos feels about not playing yet. (Photo by Allison Hagen)

Well, to put it bluntly, there isn’t one. The 2B/DH had surgery on his left knee in September 2010, after a Brett Gardner takeout slide knocked him onto the disabled list.

Tom Gage of The Detroit News spoke to Guillen, who has reported to Lakeland a bit early.

Guillen, recovering from micro-fracture knee surgery, said it “feels great”, and that he’s been swinging, but not running yet. “Maybe this week for running, maybe next week.”

Jim Leyland has also been cautious in addressing the situation.

“It’s going to be a slow process, from what I understand,” Leyland said. “I’m going to stay out of it. It’s a process that Carlos and the medical staff are going to take care of. He wants to play so bad.”

This got me thinking – last off-season, Brandon Inge also had knee surgery, on both knees. It was a completely different type of surgery, but generally when players are cleared to run and they don’t have any setbacks, they’ll have similar time lines for getting back onto the field. So I did a little digging in my trusty google reader. In late January of 2010 we learned that Inge was jogging, but had not yet been cleared to run. I went to spring training last year and his first game was (much to my delight) during my visit – March 13. From then on, if I remember correctly, he didn’t play every day. But he was good to go for Opening Day. So it took him a little over two months to be ready to play regularly.

Now, when comparing these situations, one must take into account that Brandon Inge basically has superhuman healing powers. Last summer he was hit by a pitch that broke his hand, and he managed to be back after missing only 15 games.

Another thing to consider is that the Indians’ Grady Sizemore also had microfracture surgery last year. He is swinging a bat and running, but is not feeling completely comfortable running. He is also in doubt to be ready for Opening Day. The concerning difference? He had surgery way before Guillen did – back in June.

So where does this put Guillen on March 31? With him, sadly, you just never know. I say the DL. Through at least the beginning of May. Feel free to share your guesses in the comments!

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7 responses to “Time line for Carlos Guillen?

  1. jayrc February 15, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Quite awesome. Had to read the comment after I read the tweet.

    Nice taste in glasses…
    I too sport D&G glasses

    Fingers crossed that Carlos has one of those most excellent “contract years”!

  2. detroitchick February 15, 2011 at 5:36 am

    I remember last season when Carlos was on the DL, they asked him the same question and he gave them the same answer “feels great” “…maybe next week.”

    I wonder if that’s the standard answer? Honestly, I prefer to see someone at 2nd who can handle the position… Will Rhymes anyone?

    • Allison Hagen February 15, 2011 at 8:31 am

      I think he’s capable of the position, but he seems to be so easily injured. all teams have their standard injury answers… haha

    • jpolut February 15, 2011 at 4:09 pm

      My hope is for Sizemore…

      P.S. after 2 years of following game threads, I just never would have guessed Allie was so cute… 😛 The internet has such anonymity, you get used to reading something that comes from a screen name instead of a person…

      • Melissa Heyboer February 16, 2011 at 2:47 pm

        Why would anyone want Sizemore at second? He was the definition of atrocious last season.

      • Jeffrey February 16, 2011 at 8:31 pm

        1. Sizemore has a great minor league track record.

        2. He is younger than Rhymes with room to grow, while Rhymes is already at his playing age peak.

        3. Sizemore was hurt to start the year last year.

        4. Sizemore only played a handful of games, and his so called “bad” year was a tiny sample size.

      • jayrc February 17, 2011 at 12:05 pm

        However,

        Rhymes has an average glove
        Sizemore has a below average glove

        Rhymes has also put up respectable number and is left handed.

        I’m not writing off Sizemore but we need every bit of defense we can get with our suspect infield. No harm in letting Scotty earn his way up, while rewarding Lil’ Will.

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