CHICAGO – Carlos Guillen is not in the Detroit lineup tonight, but that doesn’t appear to be a cause for great alarm – right now, at least.
Guillen has experienced some soreness in his shoulder, although Tigers manager Jim Leyland expects Guillen to play on Thursday.
“It feels weak,” Guillen said. “It pinches me when I try to throw overhand. Sometimes, I feel it. Sometimes, I don’t.”
Guillen believes the discomfort is the result of a change in his arm slot. Guillen threw sidearm last year, and infield coach Rafael Belliard encouraged him to raise his arm angle, which would eliminate some of the sink on his throws to first.
Guillen now thinks he’s overcorrected his arm slot, to the point that he’s throwing too much over the top. Guillen will now try to throw at a three-quarters angle, which should minimize the shoulder pain.
Guillen said he feels “about the same” in the field now as he did last year, when he made a career-high 28 errors. He’s currently the Tigers’ team leader, with six errors.
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Three errors in two games and six on the season have made once-steady shortstop Carlos Guillen a big concern for the Tigers.
Guillen's back-to-back errors in the first inning of Tuesday's 9-8, 10-inning loss blew up two potential double plays and helped the Angels to four runs.
Manager Jim Leyland was asked about Guillen's defense before the game, hours before Guillen first botched a ground ball then dropped starter Jeremy Bonderman's throw to second.
It has been no more his glove than his throws -- too many are bouncing in the dirt -- that have people wondering what happened to the Tigers' unofficial most valuable player.
"I think his back was bothering him a little," Leyland said, suggesting Guillen has been playing at less than 100 percent.
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