Sunday, September 12, 2010

Guillen doesn't care where he plays next year, he just wants to stay healthy

    Carlos Guillen said Sunday he doesn't care whether he plays second base or serves as the Tigers' DH next season.
    He just wants to play.
    "I enjoy playing baseball -- it doesn't matter where," declared Guillen. "I'd be OK playing second, DH-ing, any position. I just want to stay healthy."
     Guillen, who has been sidelined since Aug. 17 with what was initially diagnosed as a deep knee bruise, will not accompany the Tigers on this week's road trip to Texas and Chicago. Instead, he will fly to New York where on Friday he will undergo a diagnostic surgical procedure to hopefully determine exactly why the pain in his left knee won't go away.
    "They won't know until they get in there and clean it out," Guillen explained. 
    Guillen and the Tigers want to find out what is wrong and get it fixed.
    And there is no point in waiting.
    "Better to do it now and not wait for two more months," Guillen said. "Do it now so I'll be ready for spring training."
    Guillen, who will turn 35 at the end of the month, has one year remaining on his contract and is guaranteed $13 million next year.
    He has been plagued by injuries the past two years. In 2009, he appeared in 81 games. This season he has only played in a career-low 68, batting .273 with six HRs and 34 RBI.


Anonymous Lynn Benoit said...

What was it, only a year ago..when Guillen was saying he didn't want to just DH he was better than that.

A couple more injuries later, it appears that even Guillen sees the truth- that he is on his way out. When a guy keeps on getting hurt it's time to quit.

He's been a very good player and an important member of the team. Let's say good-bye before he embarrasses himself.

September 23, 2010 at 5:38 AM 

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