Carlos Guillen is back

Carlos Guillen has been activated from the disabled list. Danny Worth is the odd man out and will return to Toledo with an impressive week of MLB experience under his belt.

Guillen will slide into the 6th spot in the lineup behind Brennan Boesch. Worth meanwhile played defense that was impressive enough to give many pause about Adam Everett’s longevity with the team.

Everett isn’t expected to hit much, but like Gerald Laird he’s expected to hit more than he is. It’s one thing to trade some offense for defense, it’s another to forfeit a spot in the batting order. Despite Worth’s ability to pick up some singles in his short stint, he isn’t a good bet to hit much more than Everett. Worth has the benefit of being the new guy and the possibility of the new guy is certainly more intriguing than the reality of the current guy.

On the other hand we’ll see how much defense fans are willing to sacrifice for offense with Guillen moving to second base. I have a feeling the experience won’t be nearly as bad as many feel it will. At the same time I’d take slightly below average defense for Guillen’s offense at the position.


  1. Carl in Virginia

    May 28, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Time to pull the trigger…Worth at short and Avila at catcher full time. The upside is just too good to pass up.

  2. Keith (Mr. X)

    May 28, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    I’m glad to see Guillen back in the infield for the time being. I didn’t think Polanco had much range at 2B, which was why I didn’t mind seeing him go. He won a Gold Glove, but he was no Roberto Alomar, that’s for sure.

    I was nice to see Worth get a chance to play. It’s good to know that we got somebody in Toledo that can step right in at either 2B or SS and at least play some excellent defense. I like versatile defensive specialist. I just wish we had Ben Zobrist instead of Worth and Don Kelly.

    • Mark in Chicago

      May 28, 2010 at 6:30 pm

      I wish we had Joe Mauer instead of Gerald Laird. That would be awesome.

      • Andrew O

        May 28, 2010 at 11:41 pm

        To say the least.