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Carlos Guillen comes up lame, leaves game

Carlos Guillen, Carlos Santana

Detroit Tigers’ Carlos Guillen reacts after striking out in the 11th inning against the Cleveland Indians in a baseball game in Cleveland on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011. Behind Guillen is Cleveland Indians catcher Carlos Santana. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)


It’s a shame, but Carlos Guillen doesn’t appear likely to contribute to the Tigers’ postseason run this year.

On what appeared to be a perfectly innocent play, Guillen suffered a right calf strain and left Sunday’s game against the A’s. It unfolded as Jemile Weeks hit a slow grounder back to pitcher Justin Verlander. Guillen took a few steps in, just in case the ball got by Verlander, and quickly came up lame. After being looked at by the trainer, he was able to gingerly walk off the field without assistance.

Guillen, who underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee last year, has been limited to 95 at-bats this season. He was making just his third start today since coming off the DL on Sept. 1. In the previous one, he went 3-for-5 with a homer against the White Sox on Wednesday. Still, he’s hitting only .232/.265/.368 overall.

Because of his struggles, Guillen was no sure bet to make the Tigers’ postseason roster anyway. Now it appears doubtful he’ll be included. The Tigers will likely have Ryan Raburn and Ramon Santiago split time at second base next month.