Tigers second baseman Carlos Guillen has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right calf. Guillen left Saturday's game after the fifth inning with the injury, which really came out of nowhere considering he didn't seem to be hurt out on the field. He just left the game and that was that.
With Magglio Ordonez also being placed on the disabled list, the Tigers are going to call up Jeff Larish and Will Rhymes from Toledo. Larish can play either corner of the infield and Rhymes is a second baseman. Here's the skinny on both, from Jason Beck:
The 27-year-old Larish, a Tiger for parts of the last two seasons before being taken off the 40-man roster over the offseason, is batting .275 with 15 home runs and 55 RBIs for the Hens. He can play third base, has been there much of the season for the Hens, and probably will get some time there in Detroit now with Sizemore still being treated cautiously with his hip injury.
Rhymes, also 27, has never been in the Majors, but he has hit his way to the cusp of the big leagues this season. His .304 batting average ranks fifth in the International League to go with a league-high six triples, 19 doubles, 34 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. He has a chance to play a bigger role than one might expect in Detroit.
Rookies have played a big part in the Tigers' success this year, and now it looks like the performance of the younger, unproven players will be what makes or breaks Detroit's season. Considering the Tigers' lineup is starting to resemble the Mud Hens', I'm not very optimistic going forward.