Update on Rehabbing Tigers Thomas, Guillen


John Wagner of the Toledo Blade posted a running diary of Triple-A Toledo’s game against Columbus yesterday. Included therein are a few nuggets pertaining to injured Tigers Carlos Guillen and Brad Thomas.

"Carlos Guillen does a nice little bit of hitting to collect a hit in the bottom of the seventh. Batting right-handed, he took a outside pitch from Columbus reliever Nick Hagadone into rightfield for a single with a swing reminiscent of Derek Jeter. He is pinch-ran for to end his day 1-for-4 with a single and an RBI (on a groundout in the first).  Guillen now has a six-game hit streak with the Hens.LHP Brad Thomas was impressive in his inning of work today, pitching around a leadoff error that put a runner into scoring position with no one out. Thomas used just 13 pitches — 10 of which were strikes — to whiff two of the next three batters he faced. His fastball sat 89-90 mph (one at 88, three at 89, two at 90) while his curve — which was a good one — sat at 76-77 mph (three at 76, two at 77)."

After the game, Wagner caught up with both Guillen and Thomas. Thomas, who had been pulled from his rehab assignment a week ago, returned to the Mud hens of Friday and wasn’t sharp. “The last time I went out there (Friday in Columbus) I hadn’t pitched in a week,” said Thomas, who got only one out and allowed three hits in that effort. “Today I felt I was back to normal.” Thomas has been given no timetable on when he will be activated from his assignment and return to the Tigers.

The story on Guillen is a bit more interesting, if only because Guillen would appear to the the more valuable commodity for the parent club. He’s hit .281 while with the Mud Hens after struggling through five games worth of at bats with Lakeland to start his assignment. According to Guillen, he is slated to join the Double-A Erie SeaWolves on today for a game at Akron (while Toledo is off for their all-star break) and then return to the Hens on Thursday. “I feel good,” Guillen said. “I’ve been playing every day and feel good.”

My favorite part of Wagner’s running blog yesterday? Easily this look at the mechanics of choosing a walk-up song.

"C Max St-Pierre is .333 when he uses “Too Legit to Quit” as his walk-up song. How’s that for the Useless Stat of the Day?"

That’s not useless at all, John. I am left to wonder how much better he’d hit if St-Pierre replaced his standard uniform bottoms with “Hammer pants” as well.

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