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Tigers' Guillen learns yet another position

Sure, why not experiment? It's still May! John Lowe:

    The Detroit Tigers today recalled Carlos Guillen from his injury-rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Toledo and optioned the contract of infielder Danny Worth to Toledo.

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    Guillen is expected to become the team's starting second baseman. Worth had been manning the position recently, playing eight games and batting .333 with two runs and three RBIs.

    Guillen began his Tigers career as a shortstop, so he'll have to work on the different mechanics of turning a double play at second base. How comfortable does he feel with that?

    “It feels good," Guillen said before tonight's home game against Oakland. "It’s the same base. Same ball. It’s a different angle.

    “I don’t try to put pressure on myself. I try to be Carlos Guillen and try to make the routine play. I don’t try to do much. It’s been a long time that I haven’t played second, but I feel very comfortable because I’ve been taking ground balls every day, even when I was playing the outfield. You never know in this game.

Let the record show that Detroit gave up on Scott Sizemore after 30 games. Yes, he looked sort of lost out there but he was making some contact and drawing some walks, and eventually the batting average would have been there.

I don't know. I probably would give Sizemore another shot at second base, and turn Guillen into a super-utility player, a role for which he seems particularly well-suited, given that he's a switch-hitter who has played left field and every infield position in his career. Maybe that's what will actually happen, once Sizemore heats up in Toledo and Boesch cools off (as he must, and dramatically) in Detroit.

Until then, though, pay close attention when the Tigers have a ground-ball pitcher on the mound and the enemy's got a runner on first base. It should be pretty interesting around the middle of the diamond.