Carlos Guillen needed microfracture surgery on his left knee

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According to Tom Gage of the Detroit News, the Tigers announced that Carlos Guillen

required “a surgical clean-up of the degenerative changes” and microfracture surgery on his left knee yesterday. 

Guillen was placed on the disabled list with what was termed as a “left knee contusion” after
Brett Gardner wiped him out with a takeout slide on August 16.

As for his timeline for getting back on the field, it naturally sounds like a pretty big question mark:

“He will be non-weight bearing for the next 6-8 weeks and he can begin physical activities in four months.

“Guillen’s exact return date for the 2011 season has not been determined.”

Guillen, who turns 35 later this month, batted .273/.327/.419 with six home runs and 34 RBI this season. He is owed $13 million in the final year of a four-year, $48 million contract next season. 

With Guillen’s status for the early part of next season in doubt, the Tigers are likely to move forward with internal options such as Scott Sizemore, Will Rhymes and Danny Worth.