The last 24-hours has been a bit rough for a few ex-Tigers.
Carlos Guillen continued to be sidelined with what’s now being called “calf tightness”. The 36-year-old broke into the big leagues in 1998 with the Seattle Mariners and signed a minor-league contract with them this off-season. Unfortunately, Guillen has yet to prove that the injuries are a thing of the past. The switch-hitting slugger has yet to see the diamond this spring.
Former Tigers prospect Scott Sizemore went into camp this spring as the starting third-baseman for the Oakland Athletics. Unfortunately, in just his first workout of the season, Sizemore suffered an injury to his left knee. The team is officially calling it a sprain but many nearby claimed that they heard a loud ‘pop’ when he went down.
Flame thrower Joel Zumaya signed an incentive-laden deal with the Minnesota Twins this off-season. Unfortunately, Zumaya also hit a bit of a bump in the road on Saturday. A few minutes into his throwing session, Zumaya walked off the mound grimacing in pain and frustration. Twins GM Terry Ryan didn’t leak many details, but he chimed in over at SportsNet.com.
“Anytime a guy gets an MRI there’s got to be concern,” Ryan said. “But I’m not going to overreact until the results come out. Let’s hope it’s not something serious. … It’d be a little less concerning if we didn’t have the history of what he’s experienced in his career.”
People will continue to joke around about guys like Zumaya and Guillen and it’s really to bad. Both sport laundry lists of injuries. However, they were also key pieces that helped get the Tigers to the World Series in 2006. It’s a shame to see them sidelined yet again. Injuries are unfortunate. They are also simply part of the game of baseball. Hopefully none of these injuries are anything to serious. The sheer oddity of them going down within a day is a bit peculiar though.