Carlos Guillen déjà vu

GuillenHead.jpgNow that’s how you go on the disabled list.

After so many trips to the DL because of a pulled this or a strained that, Carlos Guillen was shelved today thanks to an honest-to-goodness, bone-jarring collision at second base Monday night.

The Tigers placed Guillen on the 15-day disabled list because he has a deep bruise on his left knee.

We’ve come to expect Guillen’s injuries throughout his seven seasons in Detroit.

Well, that’s not true. In 2006 and 2007, he was remarkably durable, playing in 153 and 151 games, respectively.

Here’s a look at Guillen’s games played since coming to Detroit in 2004:

  • 2004 – 136 games played
  • 2005 – 87
  • 2006 – 153
  • 2007 – 151
  • 2008 – 113
  • 2009 – 81
  • 2010 – 68

At the end of the 2007 season he slid into third base, torqued his knee and from that point on, he went from reliable to liability. (Yeah, that might be a bit strong. But really, have you counted on Guillen to be a productive part of the Tigers’ lineup since then?) And because of his knee problems, the Tigers traded Jair Jurrjens to the Braves for Edgar Renteria.

So perhaps we can stop blaming Dave Dombrowski for that trade and instead blame Guillen? Didn’t think so.

Going into Thursday, there are 42 games left on the Tigers’ schedule this season. If Guillen returns the moment his 15 days on the DL are up, there will be 27 games remaining. If he were to play in all of them, he’d have appeared in 95 games this season — but who are we kidding?

If Guillen returns at all this season, it should be as the full-time DH, clearing the way for Will Rhymes or Scott Sizemore to show what they can do at second base.

And really, it’s too bad that Guillen keeps getting bitten by the injury bug. He could’ve been a much bigger player for the Tigers for a long time.

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