It’s a shame, but Carlos Guillen doesn’t appear likely to contribute to the Tigers’ postseason run this year.
On what appeared to be a perfectly innocent play, Guillen suffered a right calf strain and left Sunday’s game against the A’s. It unfolded as Jemile Weeks hit a slow grounder back to pitcher Justin Verlander. Guillen took a few steps in, just in case the ball got by Verlander, and quickly came up lame. After being looked at by the trainer, he was able to gingerly walk off the field without assistance.
Guillen, who underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee last year, has been limited to 95 at-bats this season. He was making just his third start today since coming off the DL on Sept. 1. In the previous one, he went 3-for-5 with a homer against the White Sox on Wednesday. Still, he’s hitting only .232/.265/.368 overall.
Because of his struggles, Guillen was no sure bet to make the Tigers’ postseason roster anyway. Now it appears doubtful he’ll be included. The Tigers will likely have Ryan Raburn and Ramon Santiago split time at second base next month.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu will open the regular season in the starting rotation, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports.
Ryu, 30, missed the entire 2015 season and made only one start last season due to shoulder and elbow injuries. The lefty has looked solid in three spring appearances, however, yielding a lone run on five hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in nine innings.
With Scott Kazmir likely to begin the season on the disabled list, that leaves Alex Wood and Brandon McCarthy to battle it out for the fifth spot in the Dodgers’ rotation.
Royals outfielder Jorge Soler has been diagnosed with a strained oblique, making it likely that he begins the regular season on the disabled list, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.
The Royals acquired Soler from the Cubs in December in exchange for reliever Wade Davis. Over parts of three seasons with the Cubs, Soler hit .258/.328/.434 with 27 home runs and 98 RBI in 765 plate appearances.
When he’s healthy, Soler is expected to find himself in the Royals’ lineup as a right fielder and occasionally as a designated hitter.