Sunday, August 14, 2011

Rhymes up, Guillen to DL

The Tigers have now come full circle at second base.  They announced this morning that Carlos Guillen has been placed on the disabled list with a sore wrist and that Will Rhymes has been recalled from Toledo to take his place.  Guillen was batting .207 with a .576 OPS in 22 games since returning from his original stint on the disabled list with an injured knee.  I earlier half joked on twitter that he must have hurt himself doing the infamous bat flip in the Jered Weaver game.  He is just 3 for 32 since that incident. 

Rhymes batted just batted just .221 in 81 plate appearances for the Tigers earlier in the year and was sent down in favor of Scott Sizemore.  Sizemore didn't work out and was traded to the Athletics for reliever David Purcey.  Ryan Raburn got the next chance, but he continued to struggle at the plate and isn't much of a second baseman.  Then came Carlos Guillen who got of to a good start with bat but then fell flat. 

The irrepressible Rhymes just kept plugging away for the MudHens batting .303 with a .373 on base percentage.  Leyland is a big fan of Rhymes, so I will guess that he will probably get the bulk of the playing time at second base unless he struggles at the plate right away.  Ramon Santiago is playing there today, but that's probably because Rhymes is not with the team yet.  I imagine Raburn will also play some second base as he continues to move around the diamond. 

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