Guillen returns, infield appears prominent again

FOX Sports Detroit wire services

Detroit — The Detroit Tigers made another step towards recovery Sunday night with Carlos Guillen being activated from the disabled list.

To make room for Guillen on the 25-man roster, the Tigers sent 27-year-old Will Rhymes back to Triple-A Toledo.

Rhymes finished his first career stint with the big league club with a .259 average and four RBIs.  Two of those RBIs came Sunday where he went 3-4 with a double.

The return of Guillen was another step forward for the Tigers in regaining stability in an infield that at one point lost two key components in a matter of a week.  Key injuries left the Tigers scrambling and filling gaps with the likes of Worth, Rhymes, and recently released Jeff Larish.

Guillen went down with a right calf strain on July 25th.  The same day right fielder Magglio Ordonez was lost for what appears to be the rest of the season, breaking his ankle at home plate.

All this followed Brandon Inge being struck by a pitch and fracturing his hand six days earlier.

Inge, who had a timetable of 4-6 weeks to fully recover, was immediately back playing third base after being on the disabled list for a mere 15 days and suiting up for just one rehab start in West Michigan (Inge reveals what aided quick recovery).  Inge came back to a new shortstop Jhonny Peralta, who was picked up a week earlier from the Indians.

Guillen made the same trip out to Class A West Michigan over the weekend for his rehab assignment.  Guillen played in two games at second base for the Whitecaps, going 2-6 with one walk.

Guillen is expected to start the opener at second against the Tampa Bay Rays.

August 9, 2010