I'm guessing this is how Carlos feels about not playing yet.Â (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!