UPDATE: Tigers place Carlos Guillen on the disabled list

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UPDATE: Despite the good news covered below, the Tigers have placed Carlos Guillen on the disabled list with a bruised knee and recalled Will Rhymes from Triple-A.
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Carlos Guillen was out of last night’s lineup after injuring his knee turning a game-ending double play Monday against the Yankees, but Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that an MRI exam “revealed no structural or ligament damage.”
Guillen, who’s now officially listed as day-to-day with a sore knee, indicated that watching replays of the DP convinced him that Brett Gardner’s slide wasn’t quite as “clean” as he initially believed.
“I saw a replay when I got home and it looked different,” Guillen said. “He knows.”

Report: Twins sign Erick Aybar to minor-league deal

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The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.

Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.

Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.