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Carlos Guillen likely unavailable for ALDS due to calf injury

Sep 26, 2011, 7:51 PM EDT

Detroit Tigers Carlos Guillen heads for first base after being walked by Oakland Athletics pitcher Fautino De Los Santos during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Detroit, Michigan Reuters

Carlos Guillen hasn’t played since straining his right calf while getting in position to field a ground ball back on September 18. While the veteran infielder hasn’t been ruled out for the entire postseason, Tigers manager Jim Leyland told Eric Lacy of the Detroit News today that it is unlikely he will be ready for the ALDS.

“It’s very unlikely we’ll have Carlos for the first round,” Leyland said. “That’s not to say he couldn’t be added (to the roster).”

Guillen, who didn’t make his season debut until mid-July following microfracture surgery on his left knee last September, is batting just .232/.265/.368 with three home runs, 13 RBI and a .633 OPS over 102 plate appearances in 2011. The 35-year-old switch-hitter also missed time in August due to a sore left wrist.

Ramon Santiago and Ryan Raburn have handled second base duties during his absence and will presumably split time there during the postseason.

  1. dracko19 - Sep 26, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    He’s been a great Tiger, but he’s clearly at the end. His body just won’t cooperate. He might be able to DH next year but he’s not a strong enough bat. It’s a shame.

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